Boxing: Brook puts in the hard yards

Kell Brook faces Vyacheslav Senchenko in three weeks time.
Kell Brook faces Vyacheslav Senchenko in three weeks time.

Sportsmen sometimes have to go out of their comfort zone to reach the top - and that’s the path unbeaten welterweight Kell Brook has chosen to go down.

The Grenoside puncher, who has won 30 straight fights, is currently seeing little of his girlfriend Lindsey and one-year-old daughter Nevaeh.

Indeed, Brook has moved, temporarily, out of his Sheffield home and is living next door to his trainer just weeks before the biggest fight of his career.

The 27-year-old, who faces Vyacheslav Senchenko at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena three weeks today, has told The Star: “I have taken myself away from my home comforts and I am living next door to my trainer. I am taking it serious and working myself hard.

“It is tough being away from my family but it is a sacrifice that has to be made. The missus understands it. I try to see them every opportunity I get. But it’s my choice to take myself out of the family home and get some real hard work done. I know I have got a job to do so I have to get in the zone.”

In preparation for the Senchenko bout, Brook has been sparring with Liam Cameron and Brian Rose in recent weeks. Blackpool boxer Rose (24-1-1) will compete on the undercard of the Brook show and is set to face Javier Maciel in a final eliminator for the WBO World light middleweight title.

Brook said: “I am feeling good. Everything has gone according to plan so far. I’ve been injury free which is the main thing.”

Olympic boxing gold medalist Nicola Adams, and Savannah Marshall, Britain’s first ever women’s world boxing champion, will launch a new £1m gym at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EIS) next Tuesday lunchtime which marks the 10th anniversary of the venue.