Kell Brook is getting ready for his final spar of training camp as an elderly lady roams around the gym sweeping the floor as she goes.
Just before the Sheffield star steps into the ring at the famous Ingle gym in the Wincobank area of the city, she pulls up a chair and the other fighters who are gathered to watch make room.
Out comes a copy of Boxing News magazine and she flicks through the pages before turning her attention to the action in front of her as Brook goes to work with Irish prospect John Joyce.
Alma Ingle is royalty in these parts and she watches all four rounds before returning the chair to the side of the gym, collecting her belongings and heading home.
It is a routine her late husband would go through in his later years before his death in May 2018.
That, of course, was Dubliner Brendan Ingle who founded this fabled gym and created the careers of some of Britain’s best ever fighters including Prince Naseem Hamed, Johnny Nelson and Herol Graham.
“Brendan used to come and sweep up, what she is doing is what she used to do,” said Brook, who is regarded as Ingle’s final world champion.
“Now he has gone, she feels she needs to carry it on.
“Sometimes I have to go knock on her door because I forget my gym keys and she gives me the keys to the gym because she is always up early.”
Brook’s journey with the Ingles looked to be over when he teamed up with John Fewkes for his last outing – a laboured points win over the little-known Michael Zerafa over a year ago.
While Brendan Ingle had moulded Brook in his early years, it was his son Dominic who guided him to his IBF welterweight title win over Shawn Porter in 2014 and has been in his corner for the majority of his career.
“Dom had made arrangements for other fighters he has and then a fight came to me so to further my career I had to leave, he couldn’t just concentrate on me,” said Brook.
“I had to take myself away but it was never forever.
“It’s Brendan Ingle, you know. He was the mentor, he was the one who moulded me into the man and fighter I am.”
The lure of working in the church hall which Ingle turned into a boxing talent factory ensured Brook would return to his second home as he looks to write the final chapter of his career.
It starts tonight at Sheffield Arena for what should be a routine win over Mark DeLuca in a light-middleweight contest.
But Brook was close to never coming back to any gym.
Over the last 12 months from that poor performance against Zerafa, his hunger for the sport had diminished.
He couldn’t get any fights he wanted, he endured some injury problems and he was more interested in holidaying with his wife and their three daughters as he ballooned up in weight to 15st.
But, in truth, Brook has been struggling since he surrendered his IBF welterweight crown against Errol Spence Jnr at Bramall Lane in May 2017.
“I’ve never really recovered from the Spence fight,” he said. “I’ve not had a purpose. I’ve never had a focus. I’ve been in a vicious circle.
“I had another eye injury, it was a big night at Sheffield United, I lost my world title, the training camp were terrible, taking the weight off I didn’t do it right.
“When you’re a winner all your life and you know you can be the man that everyone is singing is praising, I feel I never should have lost and that is hard for me to take.
“I did struggle with my mental health. I’ve been in dark times, but a friend explained to me how to get through it.
“I was very low, I didn’t want to leave the bed. I was in a real downward spiral after Spence.
“I was scared of losing, I was scared of letting people down and putting high expectations on myself. I came very close to retiring.”
The Spence fight was Brook’s second career defeat after a bold move to go up to middleweight to take on Gennady Golovkin in 2016 ended with a busted eye socket and a fifth-round stoppage loss.
Brook feels even on his greatest night, which was his 2014 win over Porter in LA, he wasn’t at 100 per cent.
But a chance meeting with former fighter Damon Hague, a former fringe middleweight contender who turned his life around through boxing having worked in the Ingle gym, has changed the Sheffield fighter’s outlook.
At 33 and with 40 fights under his belt, there is not long left for the Special One.
But he insists he will make it count to ensure he can walk away from the sport with no demons as he aims to become a two-weight world champion this year.
“I’ve always got by on my ability but now I’m giving it 100 per cent,” he said.
“I’ve been speaking to an old fighter called Damon Hague. I’ve been speaking to him on a spiritual level.
“He has peace with himself because he knew he gave it his all. Our paths crossed again for a reason.
“It don’t matter if you’re good enough or not, it’s about if you’ve given your all.
“I cut corners in every fight I’ve had, I won’t be able to live with myself if I go out like that.
“I’ve had a good career, I’ve been world champion but me, personally, would I be happy with it? No.
“I will be always thinking what would have Kell Brook been at 100 per cent? Anything less is not good enough.
“I feel blessed and now think ‘Why me?’ whereas before I was too bus feeling sorry for myself. I feel like I’m a chosen one.
“I’ve never had that before in 33 years. This is the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.”