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Brook: Porter isn't in my league

Rob Bartlett
July 9, 2014
Kell Brook insists he is over a rollercoaster 18 months which saw him miss out on three attempts to fight Devon Alexander © Getty Images

Kell Brook has claimed Shawn Porter is not in his league and has promised to deliver a "one-sided" performance when the pair clash for the IBF welterweight title next month.

Brook travels to California on August 16 to fight Porter for the IBF belt and, although he believes the American will prove a stern test, he is adamant he will come home as a world champion.

Brook: No regrets over Alexander debacle

  • Kell Brook insists he has no regrets after a turbulent 18 months saw him denied a world title fight with Devon Alexander on three attempts.
  • Brook suffered injury twice and Alexander once as the Briton's chances of being crowned champion slowly slipped from his grasp.
  • However, Brook has worked himself back into title contention and, ahead of his August showdown with Shawn Porter, said he has long put the past behind him.
  • Brook told ESPN: "At the end of the day, everything happened for a reason. I've never had an injury up until then and then I happened to get one. We're in boxing, we're getting punched in the face for a living and there are not many things you can do to protect yourself."

"I think it's going to be so one-sided," Brook said. "Myself and my team don't believe it'll go the distance - I'll be a clear winner.

"I don't think Shawn Porter's in my league. He's a great fighter, but he's bitten off more than he can chew with me.

"I think this guy will bring the best out of me. I hope that he's trained unbelievably for me, because it's definitely going to be a Brook victory."

In truth, the last 18 months have been a rollercoaster ride for the 28-year-old. Brook, unbeaten in 32 professional fights, saw three attempts to stage a title fight against former champion Devon Alexander fall foul of injury in 2013; twice inside his camp and once from Alexander.

However, despite several date changes ahead of the StubHub Center clash, Brook is finally ready for his world title shot. It is what he dreamed about as he stepped into the Ingle Gym in his native Sheffield for the first time as a nine-year-old boy.

"I've been through the mill the last 18 months but all that is forgotten now," Brook said. "We've got the date and after all the blood, sweat and tears it's going to be worth it and I will prove to all the doubters that I am the real deal on the big stage when I win the world title on August 16.

"We have been in training for a long time, thinking it was going to be in July. Then we thought it was August, then the beginning of September and now we're back to August.

"I don't know what is going on in their camp and really I don't care, I don't believe they want the fight, it's risky for them with little reward. I am a 32-0 Brit and they would prefer to fight someone else but that's why we worked hard to get the mandatory position. He has no option but to fight me."

Brook has the added advantage of already having fought - and won - on American soil. Before Carl Froch lost to Andre Ward in Atlantic City in December 2011, Brook had knocked out Luis Galarza in the fifth round of their undercard bout.

He knows that experience will stand him in good stead against Porter, who sensationally knocked out Pauli Malignaggi in April, and insists he is more relaxed fighting abroad.

"I don't feel the pressure going out to America. I'm buzzing," Brook told ESPN. "When I'm fighting in Sheffield, it's at Sheffield Arena and for weeks everyone is talking about it. Wherever I go, whether in my local shop or to [shopping centre] Meadowhall, people are talking about me.

"I feel a lot of pressure to put on a performance. For this one I just feel relaxed - I know that I'm going to perform and not freeze on that big stage. I know that I'll go out there and become world champion."

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