Exclusive: Ryan Rhodes backs Kell Brook to make weight, beat Errol Spence convincingly on points

Joe Hewlett 26/05/2017

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This Saturday will see the blockbuster fight between IBF champion Kell Brook and American Errol Spence at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England.

It will be Brook’s first fight since his defeat to Gennady Golovkin last year in which he suffered a fractured eye socket.

There was much speculation of the Brit vacating his welterweight belt in order to move up a division after problems in the past making weight.

Long-time friend and former world title challenger Ryan Rhodes is confident the scales won’t be an issue or have any effect on Brook’s performance on the night.

“My one concern with this fight was how he could make the weight but he’s done with ease this time and I’m so happy that he has made it well,” Rhodes exclusively told World Boxing News.

“During the check weights two weeks ago, Kell was only four or five lbs above weight which is a big bonus and is massive. So now I’ve seen that it’s persuaded me to back him to win on points.

“I don’t think he’ll stop him but he’ll win in style and win pretty comfortably on points.”

Spence will be attempting to win a maiden world title in his first challenge. There has been a lot of excitement across the pond with the likes of Floyd Mayweather complementing the 27-year-old.

However, fellow Yorkshireman Rhodes expects the experience of Brook to be the biggest factor on fight night.

“They’ve been talking about Errol Spence for a few years in America, Floyd Mayweather was in Sheffield early last year and he said he knew Brook was from Sheffield and the world champion, but the one fighter he has to look out for is Errol Spence. For Mayweather to recognise this guy and say he’s the best thing means we’ve got to stand up and give this guy some attention.

“He’s a great talent. I think it’s one of those fights where Kell Brook has got Spence at the right time though. Maybe in a year’s time once Spence has been at that level Kell has then he’ll become a superstar but it could be too soon for him.

“I see it a bit similar to when Joe Calzaghe fought Jeff Lacy. He was hyped up to be the next big thing with Mike Tyson knockout power but Joe’s experience of being at that level saw him win in style.”

Rhodes added that he expects all the focus will be on the Yank this weekend.

“The pressure is on Spence, when he walks into the ring with 20,000 screaming fans on Kell’s side, will he be able to cope with his footwork and speed?

“Brook is a special talent, I’ve known him since day one and he thrives on that pressure. Not many would have coped and performed like he did when he beat Shawn Porter in America,” he added.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95