By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
KELL BROOK insists a fillet steak breakfast diet will help him butcher his way to world title glory.
The grub-loving welterweight almost lost his unbeaten record to Carson Jones in July – tiring badly down the home stretch and hanging on to take a wafer-thin majority verdict.
That sparked panic in his camp and trainer Dominic Ingle, promoter Eddie Hearn and dad Terry persuaded him to team up with strength coach Dave Hembrough and dietician David Stache.
New-look Brook, 26, will be unveiled when he meets Argentinian Hector Saldivia in an IBF world title final eliminator at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena tonight.
Brook, who has won all 28 contests, said: “My nutritionist has got me eating crazy stuff.
“Instead of having porridge like most boxers for breakfast, I have a fillet steak with broccoli.
“He is getting my metabolism back up because it was more or less dead the way I was doing it.
“David gives me a knife and fork and I just eat. I have never heard of most vegetables he makes me eat and I still don’t know what they’re called.”
Saldivia has lost just twice in 43 fights, but one of his defeats came inside one round which fills Brook with confidence.
“Hector is going to face a different animal to the one who beat Carson Jones and I’m confident of knocking him out,” he warned.
IBF champion Randall Bailey defends his crown against fellow American Devon Alexander in New York tonight.
If Brook triumphs over Saldivia in front of an anticipated 7,000 hometown crowd, Hearn expects him to face the winner of Bailey v Alexander next March.
That is huge motivation, but an even bigger lure would be fights against Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan that have been mooted.
Trainer Ingle added: “There are potential big fights out there for Kell against Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan and the switch has flicked with him.
“He realises that to have those big fights, he must train with the right attitude. The Jones fight made him realise he needs to step up three levels in the gym.
“Hector is going to meet Kell at the top of his game.”