Trainer Dave Coldwell remembers the days he used to work with Kell Brook when the Sheffield man had to struggle in order to make the welterweight limit.
‘The Special One’ has since gone through the same ordeal for years, and even when the opportunity came to make the move in September 2016 after losing to Gennady Golovkin, Brook chose to once again boil down the necessary poundage.
Finally, the decision was made in late 2017 to campaign at 154 pounds and Coldwell believes fans will see a different animal against Sergey Rabchenko next month.
“I think Brook will buzz off it (moving up weight),” Coldwell told BetSafe.com
“I’ve said for a while making 147 for Kell Brook is an absolute nightmare. It was a nightmare when I used to work for him years ago, so now your body thickens out as you get older, your body wants to move up. Getting up to 154, I think that extra weight he can allow himself to use, and I think you’ll see the best of him.
“Kell against Rabchenko, I know a lot about him, he actually ended the career of one of my fighters at the time, Ryan Rhodes. So I know what Rabchenko is about.
“I think he’s a very proud fighter, Eastern European, very tough, heavy-handed – I think that’s going to be a good fight.”
Also featuring on March 3 is a tasty looking domestic clash between Gavin McDonnell, whom Coldwell trains and Gamal Yafai, a clash the respected trainer says could be the fight of the night.
“McDonnell vs Yafai is the fight I believe is going to steal the show,” he predicted.
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