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Kell Brook returns streamlined and ready for testing Texan Spence Jr

• Sheffield fighter back to welterweight for his fourth title defence
• Errol Spence Jr described as ‘real deal’ by Sugar Ray Leonard

In the Sheffield sunshine Kell Brook responded to the doubts that have loomed large over his title defence against Errol Spence Jr on Saturday in the most emphatic style possible – by showing off his chest. Brook looked ripped at Friday’s weigh-in and when the scales showed him coming in at 146lb 7oz there was no doubting his readiness to again do battle at welterweight.

Brook’s last contest came nine months ago at middleweight and ended with the now 31-year-old suffering the first defeat of his professional career and a broken right eye socket at the brutal hands of Gennady Golovkin. The punishment was so severe Dominic Ingle, Brook’s trainer, felt he had no choice but to throw in the towel with 1min 57sec of the fifth round remaining, later describing the injury as a “car crash”.

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