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Sheffield Hallam University helps Kell Brook prepare for 'Triple G' fight

Kell Brook is tested at Sheffield Hallam University Credit: Sheffield Hallam University

Sports scientists from Sheffield Hallam University are helping world champion boxer Kell Brook prepare for his huge fight against Gennady Golovkin.

The IBF welterweight champion will move up two weight divisions to challenge Golovkin – nicknamed 'Triple G' – at the O2 Arena in September and has enlisted the help of strength and conditioning coaches at the University's centre for sport and exercise science to prepare him for the fight.

The team of experts helped him prepare for his 2014 title\-clinching victory over Shawn Porter. They have already been putting him through a series of physiological tests to look at his strength and speed.

I've worked with these guys before and we've achieved some great results. They've got everything a fighter needs here and they've got all the data on me so they know where I need to be.

I gel really well with the team here and this is the place for me to get the best out of me. They know me inside out and I am very confident that they can get me where I need to be.

– Kell Brook

These tests allow us to assess what needs to be done when we get to camp. It allows us to see what areas we need to work on and how we can structure his training sessions and the exercises he does.

We will be performing tests that will isolate specific components of the way his body uses energy to analyse and evaluate his strengths and weaknesses.

– Alan Ruddock, lecturer in exercise physiology


Leeds United forward departs on loan

Leeds United striker Lee Erwin has joined Oldham on a season long loan, the club have said.

Lee Erwin has left Leeds United on loan for the season Credit: @LUFC

The 21-year-old Scot joined Leeds from Motherwell and has so far made eight appearances for the club.

It comes as midfielder Lewis Cook joined Premier League Bournemouth in a £7 million deal on Friday.

Brook to fight Golovkin for unified Middleweight Championship

Kell Brook will step up a weight to take on Gennady Golovkin who currently holds all four world middleweight titles.

Sheffield's unbeaten IBF world welterweight champion will face the US-based Kazakh, who is also unbeaten.

Golovkin has knocked out 32 of his 35 opponents so far.

The fight will take place at London's O2 Arena on September the 10th.


Leeds United sign Kemar Roofe

Oxford United's Kemar Roofe signs an autograph for a fan Credit: Press Association

Leeds United have signed Oxford United striker Kemar Roofe for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old described the move as the start of an 'exciting new chapter', while Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales describedit as 'bittersweet':

"The transfer of Kemar is bitter sweet. I am delighted for Kemar personally; he has been a pleasure to work with: consummately professional in everything he does and an outstanding team man. He leaves with our sincere thanks and very best wishes.

We would prefer to keep all players but Kemar wanted to test his talent at a higher level and ultimately, once Leeds met our valuation, we would not want to stand in a player's way."

– Darryl Eales, Oxford United

RL legend Peacock joins England management team

Jamie Peacock acknowledging the crowd at Headingley after his final home game for the Leeds Rhinos before his retirement. Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

Former Great Britain and England forward Jamie Peacock MBE has been added to Wayne Bennett’s staff as England Team Manager for this year’s Four Nations tournament.

Peacock, who has been capped 47 times (Great Britain 26, England 21), will join Denis Betts and Paul Wellens in the England backroom staff and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Bennett’s England camp.

He will be responsible for team planning and logistics, day to day management of the tournament programme, and player support.

The former Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls player retired from the game last year, before taking up the role of Head of Rugby with Hull Kingston Rovers – a role which he will continue with whilst on England duty.

"I feel privileged to have been offered the position of England Team Manager. Representing my country whilst playing was always the proudest moments of my career and being the England Team manager will feel exactly the same."

– Jamie Peacock MBE
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