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Nutritionist to help Brook back on KO path against Saldivia

| 20.10.2012

Kell Brook has made the bold statement that he will retire if he suffers his first ever professional defeat against Hector Saldivia, but thanks to the help of a new nutritionist, the Sheffield fighter can keep his gloves on for the foreseeable future.

The fight will see the winner become the mandatory challenger for the IBF welterweight title, which is currently held by American veteran Randall Bailey, and Brook is the 1/12 favourite to extend his unbeaten streak to 29 fights.

Despite this record, Brook still feels he has something to prove, after barely holding out for a points victory over Carson Jones in his last bout in July.

This has led to many questions as to whether Brook actually has the talent to step into the elite class and the fight with Argentine Saldavia provides the perfect opportunity to prove any doubters wrong.

Brook believes that problems with his weight in the build up to the Jones battle were a key factor in his rapid tiring in the latter rounds.

He has always been responsible for his own diet since turning pro, but as an appreciation to the difficulties of fighting at a higher level, Brook has accepted that an expert’s touch was needed.

Steak and broccoli for breakfast have been doing the trick on the training bags and with everything as it should be in the build up, Brook is now better prepared to go 12 rounds if necessary again.

Given that his last two fights have been settled on points since a notable climb in opponent level, there may be some grounds to believe that 7/2 is a big price that he wins by decision for the third straight bout.

However, fighting at home with a point to prove, the 2/7 that Brook prevails by KO is the way to go, with the 5/2 that he triumphs in the second half of the fight between rounds 7-12 worth a saver.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.