• Kell Brook v Hector Saldivia

Brook: I'll retire if I lose to Saldivia

ESPN staff
October 18, 2012
Kell Brook does not expect to be in this kind of trouble against Hector Saldivia this weekend © PA Photos

Kell Brook has reiterated his promise to retire from the sport of boxing if he loses to Hector Saldivia in Sheffield this weekend.

Brook, currently boasting an undefeated 28-0 record, enters an IBF welterweight eliminator bout on Saturday against Saldivia, who is 41-2 with 32 knockouts.

The Brit, who is nicknamed "Special K", is tipped for big things on the world stage, having already taken out the likes of Matthew Hatton and Carson Jones. The winner will set up a world title meeting with the winner of Randall Bailey v Devon Alexander.

Looking beyond that potential encounter, Brook has been linked to bouts with Timothy Bradley and Amir Khan, the latter of which has been tipped to take place in 2013.

However, the 26-year-old cannot afford to be looking past the relatively unknown quantity that is Argentinian knockout machine Saldivia. And Brook explains that defeat to this weekend's opponent would prove that he cannot mix it at world level - meaning there is little point fighting on.

"People keep saying I have talent so if I can't get rid of guys like Saldivia I don't deserve to be at this level," Brook was quoted as saying by the Sun.

"That is why I'm saying I will pack it up if I don't beat him on Saturday night."

Betting Blog: Brook 14/1 to stop Saldivia late.

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