Former world champion Kell Brook is going solo for the November showdown with WBO welterweight king Terence Crawford, according to veteran trainer Dominic Ingle.
Ingle, the longtime trainer of Brook, has revealed that he won’t be training the twice-beaten boxer for his fight with Crawford, which is slated for November 14, in Las Vegas or Omaha.
Brook negotiated the deal on his own, says Ingle, indicating that promoter Eddie Hearn will not be involved in the event.
Brook is training in Spain. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ingle was unwilling to travel.
“I’m the trainer. I’m not going to have anyone tell me how they want they want their camp running. Some fighters might do that but it’s never been that way with me. I stipulate how the camp is and what we’re going to do. If he’s not happy with that, then he can do it somewhere else,” Ingle told IFL TV.
“Realistically, Kell doesn’t need to be anywhere else but Sheffield. Why would you take the risk? During these times, why would you take the risk to go abroad? He’s in a big fight with Crawford. Whether it’s an exercise in saving money or whatever it is, that’s down to him. I don’t know who is training him. We haven’t fallen out. We’re never going to fall out. He does his own thing. Like I say, he’s 34, he has three kids, he’s made his money. We’ve had a good run.
“Eddie has promoted him all this time. He’s not doing this fight with Eddie. He’s not doing this fight with his promoter, and he’s not doing this fight with his trainer. That’s fair enough. That’s not an issue. Eddie will still be promoting other fighters and I’ll still be training other fighters. We’ve all got jobs to do. You make your choices in what’s good for you. I can’t take the risk. What’s going on in this day and age with Covid, I can’t get caught up in all that. I’ve to keep away from it. For me, it wouldn’t be a wise choice. He’s got to travel to America, fair enough. I don’t want to get caught in quarantine somewhere. That’s how it is.”