Brook vs Saldivia Opinions

Brook vs Saldivia: Boxing Opinions
By: Danny Richardson

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Earlier today at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Sheffield’s welterweight star Kell the ‘Special One’ Brook, weighed in for his clash with Hector ‘El Tigre’ Saldivia, which takes place tomorrow night at the Motorpoint Arena. Brook, who is unbeaten in 28 contests, faces the hard punching Argentine in his home city of Sheffield. With the winner of Randall Bailey and Devon Alexander waiting in the wings, a fight that will be for the IBF welterweight title, it is important that Brook puts on a show in front of his home town fans, before he takes on the world.

I was at the weigh in today, and was lucky enough to interview some of Brook’s fans as well as former cruiserweight king Johnny Nelson, who trained out of the famous Ingle Stable, also where Brook trains. Here are some of the comments I got from fans and Johnny today:

Adam, Sheffield: “This kid from Argentina looks hard as nails, but Kell’s power, speed and accuracy should get him out of there in the late rounds. He looks as fit as a fiddle and should do him”

James, Barnsley: “Brook looks in great condition, I think he’ll do him early, Saldivia has been stopped by worse fighters than Kell”

Aaron, Manchester: “I watched Kell against Matthew Hatton and Carson Jones, and thought he put on a show for the first 6 rounds, then ran out of energy. If he can do it for 12, he’ll hammer Saldivia no problems, then Khan!”

Ian, Nottingham: “I’ve watched Kell from his early fights and was there for the Froch fight in Atlantic City where Kell fought on the undercard, so I’m a massive fan and can’t wait to watch him smash this lad tomorrow, he looks the best I’ve ever seen him, so he’ll have no problem knocking Saldivia on his backside.”

Jordan, Doncaster: “I don’t know much about this Saldivia, but I know for a fact that Kell’s gona give him a beating, he looks ready to go.”

Johnny Nelson, Sheffield: “It’s not going to be as easy as people expect, Kell’s a new and improved Kell Brook, he’s got himself fit, he’s conditioned himself, but he can’t take things for granted, because it’s not just about fitness, it’s about skill, that’s what he needs to take advantage of, his superior skill.”

“If you’re confident in your fitness, it means you can step a level up, any time, round 1, round 11, round 12, that’s what Kell’s got, he should be able to do that to win this fight.”

I then asked Johnny what he thinks about Kell’s chances against Devon Alexander or Randall Bailey, who also meet tomorrow night:

“I think Randall Bailey will suit Kell down to the ground, I reckon Devon Alexander will win, but Randall Bailey is more suited to Kell’s style.”

When I asked Johnny about Brook and promoter Eddie Hearn turning down a fight with Timothy Bradley in favour of becoming the mandatory challenger for the IBF title, he said:

“If you take fights willy nilly you get paid decent money, but by working your way into a mandatory position, you get paid serious money, this is a business as well as a sport.”

From those interviews, it’s clear to see that the verdict, is that Kell Brook will win tomorrow night and do it convincingly. It was great to get fan opinions and hear from Johnny Nelson, who will be covering the fight tomorrow for Sky, but will no doubt be rooting for Brook to win, as will I and many others packed into the Motorpoint Arena.

Personally, I believe that Brook’s superior hand speed, boxing ability, accuracy and class will be too much for Saldivia. I expect the fight to play out in a similar way to the Carson Jones fight, the difference being that Brook, hopefully, won’t run out of gas. Kell looked in fantastic shape today, he looked healthy, hydrated and happy in himself, all indications that he’s in the shape of his life.

Therefore, if he manages to set a pace from the off and keep that pace up, I have no doubt that his class will tell, and we’ll see him claim a stoppage win, if not a unanimous points verdict. Saldivia should be tailor made for Brook, he keeps coming and that should leave Brook with an opportunity to pick his man off, wearing him down late, and forcing the referee to intervene.

No matter what happens though, it will be a great night in Sheffield, and one that should be a special night for the ‘Special One’.

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