Brook beats scales for defence against Spence Jnr…

May 26, 2017
Brook, looking ripped, made a successful return to welterweight at 10st 6lb 7oz

Brook, looking ripped, made a successful return to welterweight at 10st 6lb 7oz

Kell Brook has made the weight for Saturday’s IBF world welterweight title defence against Errol Spence Jnr in Sheffield.

Brook, who has openly admitted he often struggles to make the weight ahead of fights, tipped the scales at 10st 6lb 7oz in front of Sheffield City Hall, with his American opponent weighing in at 10st 6lb 5oz.

But Brook’s weight concerns are not over, as he now has to work to avoid putting on more than the permitted 10lb prior to the fight, with the IBF due to hold a check-weigh on Saturday morning.

Kell Brook (left) and Errol Spence Jnr have both made the weight for their Saturday night fight

Kell Brook (left) and Errol Spence Jnr have both made the weight for their Saturday night fight

Brook let out a roar as he weighed in outside Sheffield City Hall on Friday afternoon

Brook let out a roar as he weighed in outside Sheffield City Hall on Friday afternoon

The ripped champion looked visibly different than his last in-ring appearance, where he went up two divisions to fight Gennady Golovkin at middleweight, as he let out a roar to the gathered crowd in his home city.

The two boxers then went nose-to-nose ahead of the Bramall Lane bout, with Brook happy with his condition.

‘I’m refuelling up, putting the fluids back in, rehydrating, putting the carbs back in,’ Brook told Sky Sports.

The two men will battle it out for the IBF welterweight title at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane

The two men will battle it out for the IBF welterweight title at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane

The battle now for Brook is to avoid putting on more than 10lbs between now and the fight

The battle now for Brook is to avoid putting on more than 10lbs between now and the fight

Brook underwent his pre-fight medical after the weigh-in for his fight with Spence

Brook underwent his pre-fight medical after the weigh-in for his fight with Spence

Brook's daughters, Neveah and Estelle, watch on as their dad undergoes his medical

Brook’s daughters, Neveah and Estelle, watch on as their dad undergoes his medical

‘The part is now the fight. I’ve done the hard work by getting back down to welterweight – everyone thought I wouldn’t get there.’

Explaining his battles with weight, Brook said: ‘Getting back down to the weight is always tough for me but has not been as terrible as usual this time because I’ve done it right.

‘But I’m usually starving after the weigh in and have put on quite a bit more than an extra 10lbs before fights in the past. That will be the hard bit now.’

Brook was delighted to be reunited with his daughters at the end of a long training camp

Brook was delighted to be reunited with his daughters at the end of a long training camp

The two men then faced off with the customary stare before going their separate ways

The two men then faced off with the customary stare before going their separate ways

Legendary announcer Michael Buffer was on hand for the weigh-in in Sheffield

Legendary announcer Michael Buffer was on hand for the weigh-in in Sheffield

Despite his battle to make the weight, there are no concerns in the Brook camp that his power will be diminished.

Nutritionist Greg Marriott explains: ‘We couldn’t have got to this point in less than 20 weeks’ training but now it’s about balancing the intake.

‘In the past he might have been weakened to about 60 per cent of his strength going into the ring but Spence will not have that advantage here.’

Spence Jnr also made the weight as he tipped the scales at 10st 6lb 5oz

Spence Jnr also made the weight as he tipped the scales at 10st 6lb 5oz

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk


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