UK Boxing: Kell Brook; Eddie Doyle; Kris Carslaw
BRITISH star Kell Brook is calling for a helping hand from boxing fans as he prepares to unleash the ‘Hand of Kell’ at Betfair’s This Is It in Sheffield on Saturday.
Ahead of his IBF welterweight World title final eliminator fight against Argentine Hector David Saldivia, local hero Brook, 26, has launched an appeal for fans to send him messages of support via Twitter, as the nation seeks payback for Maradona’s famous ‘Hand of God’ in 1986.
Boxing fans can get behind ‘The Special One’ by tweeting their support using the hashtag #HandOfKell. The most inspirational ones will be printed onto a limited edition set of gloves ahead of the latest showdown between England and Argentina.
The person who sends the most motivating message as chosen by Kell will win the exclusive gloves.
Sheffield born fighter Brook said: “This is going to be the toughest fight of my career. Saldivia is a dangerous opponent and I really need my fans to get behind me. Their support can spur me on to that title shot.
“There’s a strong sporting rivalry between England and Argentina, and I’m going to do my bit to settle an old score. I hope the nation gets behind me this weekend.”
Kell Brook comes into fight at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on the back of a hard fought win over Carson Jones in July, and will be looking to maintain his unbeaten record. But the dangerous Argentine should not be under-estimated; he is a serious contender as his record of 32 KOs in his 41 wins proves.
Kell Brook will take on Argentina’s Hector David Saldivia in the official IBF welterweight title final eliminator at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield this Saturday 20th October. For the latest odds, visit http://sports.betfair.com/boxing/event?id=26889012
After the high of winning his first professional title in February, Glenboig’s Eddie Doyle came back to earth with a bump when a Commonwealth title shot against current champion Aberdeen’s Lee McAllister fell through due to injury to the defending champion.
While initially upset at missing the opportunity, the current British Masters Light Welterweight champion, admits he just carried on training “When I heard at first, I was gutted as this was a good opportunity for me. I was training at the gym, but after a I got over the shock I just continued training”
While the 27 year old continued to train, Manager Tommy Gilmour was back on the phone but this time to offer him a slot on a show on the Saltire Promotion’s first show at Paisley Town Hall on Friday 19th October 2012.
“I am glad to have the opportunity, I have fought all my career in Scotland, but this will be the first time fighting in Paisley. I know from speaking to the Paisley fighters that the fans are passionate, so it adds to the experience and I think it will be a good night”
With two fights this year already, in February he lifted the vacant British Masters Light Welterweight title with a third round knockout over the experienced Gary McArthur “That was a great feeling. The atmosphere in the hall was electric and I think it got to my opponent. I remember the fight as clear as day and how it went,When I put him down first, I could see he was there for the taking and really went to town on him”.He then adds “While boxing is a short career, you don’t forget nights like that”
While the undefeated pro revels in previous glory, he then explains training is going well“I am feeling sharp, and have been working hard in the gym. My weight is good and can promise the Paisley crowd a good fight come the 19th”
Eddie Doyle returns to action on 19th of October at Paisley Town Hall. Also in action are Kris Carslaw, Stephen Russell, Gary McCallum, Darren McAdam and Jordan McCorry.
Tickets are priced £30 and available from 0141 810
Headlining his first professional card in Paisley in over three years, local fighter Kris Carslaw is looking to work his way back into British title contention. The Saltire Boxing Promotions inaugural show on 19th October at Paisley Town Hall should have him returning to winning ways.
After an unsuccessful attempt for the Lonsdale belt in June of this year, which saw him pick up a cut in the second round and eventually lose by way of unanimous decision to Blackpool’s Brian Rose, the Light-Middleweight will return to the ring in a six round bout against Kevin McCauley.
Showing signs of maturity as a fighter, the former kick boxer explains that while his title shot was a highlight in his career, he learnt a lot more in his points defeat to Matthew Hall
“Fighting for the British title against Brian Rose was the highlight of my career so far as it’s every British fighters dream to fight for that title. But I learnt a lot from my Matthew Hall fight because that was my first fight at that level and it taught me where I needed improve”
Looking ahead to the 19th of October bout, the 28 year old reveals
“Kevin is always a hard bout for anyone and I certainly will have to be on my game but the prospect of boxing in my home town will hopefully help me achieve this. There is a lot at stake on Friday”
While he is not overlooking Kevin McCauley, Carslaw sees the incentive of a place on the upcoming Prizefighter Light Middleweight 2 in the York Hall on November 3 as his goal, should he record a win on Friday night .
“I would love to be involved. There are some great names confirmed for the tournament so far. The one fighter I know is Craig McEwan, as we boxed together at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and he’s a great fighter”
“I have seen the previous tournament’s, and I know that it is going to be fast paced fights but it’s shorter bouts which suits me. If I get the victory on Friday then I will go straight back into training to prepare for it”
Kris Carslaw returns to action on 19th of October at Paisley Town Hall in a show that also features Eddie Doyle, Stephen Russell, Gary McCallum, Darren McAdam and Jordan McCorry.
Tickets are priced £30 and available from 0141 810 5700