Lomax vows to dethrone British champ Brook

Michael Lomax has told British welterweight champion Kell Brook that he will ruin his hopes of claiming a Lonsdale belt outright

Michael Lomax has told British welterweight champion Kell Brook that he will ruin his hopes of claiming a Lonsdale belt outright when they clash next week.

Lomax meets the Sheffield fighter - who has already been given the nickname 'Special K' in building up a 19-fight unbeaten record - on the undercard of Amir Khan's WBA light-welterweight title challenge against Andreas Kotelnik at the MEN Arena in Manchester on July 18.

But Lomax, who won amateur honours at Stepney's Broad Street BC, has vowed to prove that champion Brook is less than special.

"Brook hasn't fought anyone in my class and he's in for a shock when we meet," insisted Lomax.

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"I'm going to take that British title - Kell's only keeping it warm for me. I'm the better boxer and everyone will see that when we meet at the MEN Arena."

Brook, touted by his home town fans as their most talented fighter since Prince Naseem Hamed, has revealed his respect for his East London challenger.

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But the unbeaten champion is adamant that he will keep his British title and earn the belt outright.

"I see the Lomax contest as the toughest fight of my career," said Brook.

"I know Lomax has shown he is a quality operator, but once he tastes my power there will only be one winner.

"I've had an early bath in all my British title fights, and I'm planning another one."

Lomax is training for his contest alongside British super-featherweight champion Kevin Mitchell, who is booked for a supporting contest on Frank Warren's Manchester show.

Mitchell, who is trained by Paul Cook, faces an eight-round clash knowing he is already scheduled to challenge Puerto Rican Roman 'Rocky' Martinez for the WBO world super featherweight crown in London two months later.

The hard-hitting British champion appears on an undercard that also includes Warren's Olympic trio of James DeGale, Billy Joe Saunders and Frankie Gavin.

l Oliver Hunt has celebrated his arrival at Repton with a points win over Scottish rival Ryan Lawson in a contest at Billericay BC.

Hunt, looking to emulate the success his elder brother Steve enjoyed at the Bethnal Green club, showed sharp-hitting form to take a deserved points verdict against promising Lawson.

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