Kell Brook will be making a welcome return home, when he faces experienced, teak tough veteran Lovemore N’dou at the Hillsborough Leisure in Sheffield on June 25, and the Yorkshire man will be hoping he can become the first fighter to stop the Australian ‘Black Panther’
Brook (23-0, 16KO’s) is well aware that this is the “toughest test of his career so far” but the 25-year-old star is determined to put on a performance in front of his home fans and extend his unbeaten professional record to 24 fights.
N’dou’s credentials so far speak for themselves – the canny 39-year-old has won 48 of 62 fights, has never been stopped since turning pro in 1993 and has been in with some quality oposition along the way including, Miguel Angel Cotto, Junior Witter, Paulie Malignaggi, Matthew Hatton and Saul Alvarez.
“N’dou has been in with top, top names and never been stopped, he’s a tough and game champion,” said Brook.
“It’s a great motivation for me as I want to be the first to stop him. It’s in Sheffield with my home fans roaring me on and I’m running past the venue every day thinking ‘on June 25 I’m going to have a sell-out show in there and I’m going to put on the best performance of my life’.”
It’s Brook’s first hometown fight since beating Ernie Smith in May 2005 and he added: “I hope I stop him in the 12th round because I want to give the crowd what they have come to see.
“There will be a lot of action and I’ll be chucking in a lot of shots and I want to hurt him, and if it goes 12 rounds then I know it’s going to be a great show because I don’t have boring fights.
“I train for 12 rounds in every fight but I’ve got more drive for this one because with N’dou he’s been in with big names and no-one’s really hurt him, so when I’m looking at that big hill, instead of taking the short track home I’m doing the long route and pushing myself to the limit.”