KELL Brook will enter the final chapter of his career without his long-time trainer Dominic Ingle.
The mercurial former IBF welterweight titleholder made the shock announcement last week, opting for a fresh approach to training ahead of an assumed blockbuster meeting with Amir Khan.
Before then, Brook (37-2, 26 KOs) is slated to face Australian Michael Zerafa in a light middleweight bout on December 8th, as the Sheffield-native begins an arduous cut down to welterweight.
Replacing the accomplished Ingle is the low-profile John Fewkes, who has taken over the reigns.
Speaking from their base in Fuerteventura, Spain, Fewkes concedes he has limited experience.
“I know I am inexperienced and a lot of people won’t know about me,” Fewkes told The Star.
“I wasn’t the most exciting boxer, people used to bring a book just to keep awake. But I know what I am doing as a trainer and can bring a freshness in.”
“I’m not here telling Kell everything he’s got to do; pointíng out things he’s doing wrong.”
“He doesn’t seem to be doing anything wrong. I just bring to the table a few things from when I was a snidey boxer. Pulling a few tricks out of the bag, little angles and dummies to open kids up even more than he does.”
“I have ambition and right now I want Kell to win his next fight as much as he does.”
The change of trainer hasn’t been received well, with noted historian Spencer Fearon voicing concerns.
“I’m just being realistic, Kell Brook is at the tail-end of his career,” he explained.
“He’s been a pro for a very long time. He’s been in very hard fights [and] he’s had major success as well.”
“But when we look at him now, I don’t want Kell Brook to not go out on a high, but I also want him to be prepared best to go out on a high.”
“Of course there could be positives, but we have to look at it like history does repeat itself.”
When assessing the move, Fearon offered former titleholders David Haye and George Groves as examples, with both failing to fulfil their potential after leaving their long-time trainer, Adam Booth.
“Some trainers have a blueprint on how to do things,” he added.
“As soon as you readjust and you leave that, you kinda leave that energy, and that’s my fear.”
“When we do see guys at the tail end of their career, and they do leave the guy that has been with them for the longest time, things don’t necessarily pan out correctly.”
“I’m a little bit worried, but I still wish him all the best.”
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