Kell Brook convinced Leeds’ Reece Cartwright can reach top of his game

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RISING Leeds boxing star Reece Cartwright has been tipped for the top by Sheffield’s Kell Brook after sparring with ‘Special K’ ahead of his date with destiny in London tonight.

Brook steps up two weight divisions to middleweight to challenge IBF and WBC champion Gennady Golovkin, the fighter considered by many to be the most dangerous in the sport.

And the Sheffield boxer’s build-up has consisted of sparring with a series of elite fighters, including recently-crowned IBF Youth World Middleweight Champion Cartwright.

The Leeds fighter will look to put his experience with Brook to good use when making the first defence of the IBF Youth World Middleweight Championship on November 18, at the Royal Armouries Museum, Clarence Dock.

Cartwright said: “To spar with Kell was a fantastic and dangerous experience, and over the three weeks of sparing with him it was more like a world title challenge.

“Every single time we sparred we both went at it and went to war.

“I realised I was doing good as I was called back for more work, as many had come to the sparing and not called back.”

Brook added: “Reece is fit, strong and full of ambition and wasn’t daunted by the task ahead of him.

“He’s definitely got the talent and dedication to get to the top.”