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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

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.


Three West Yorkshire boxers named in Rio squad

Three boxers from our region have been confirmed in the Great Britain team for this summer's Olympics.

Nicola Adams will defend the title she won in London four years ago Credit: Press Association

Nicola Adams from Leeds will defend the title she won in London four years ago and she will be joined on the plane to Rio by fellow Leeds fighter Qais Ashfaq and Muhammad Ali from Keighley.

Josh Warrington returns to Leeds for third defence of WBC Featherweight title

Josh Warringon Credit: PA

Josh Warrington will defend his WBC International Featherweight title against Patrick Hyland at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on July 30.

Warrington, 25, makes the third defence of the belt he won in April 2015 following wins against Joel Brunker and Hisashi Amagasa.

Warrington versus Hyland is a fight that we’ve looked to make in the past and it’s a real crossroads clash.

“Patrick has only had two defeats both in World title challenges, while Josh is set for his first shot at a World crown later this year – victory for both men on July 30 is vital.

– Eddie Hearn, promoter

Tickets are £30 to £60.

Young Hull boxers learn about Muhammad Ali

Boxers at Tommy Coyle's gym in Hull held a minutes silence for Ali Credit: ITV News

Young boxers in Hull have been learning about Muhammad Ali, whose funeral took place today.

Boxing champion Tommy Coyle has been telling youngsters about the heavyweight champions achievements both inside and outside the ring.

He also held a minute's silence in memory of the man known as 'The Greatest' at his gym in the city.


The day Richard Dunn took on the mighty Muhammad Ali

Hero's welcome back home for Richard Dunn after the Muhammad Ali fight Credit: PA

For anyone who can remember 40 years ago - that's 1976 - it was the year of a record heatwave, Brotherhood of Man won the Eurovision Song Contest with "Save Your Kisses for Me" and James Callaghan became Labour Prime Minister.

But this very day 40 years ago, May the 24th, Bradford boxer Richard Dunn took on Muhammad Ali for the World Heavyweight title - one of only four British boxers ever to take on 'The Greatest" - in Munich.

He may have lost the bout but his place in boxing history was assured. He'll be joining us on Calendar later but let's have a bit of a wallow in 1976 nostalgia.

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