• Shawn Porter v Kell Brook

Porter and Brook both targeting knockout win

Nick Parkinson
August 15, 2014
Kell Brook insists he has never been more prepared for a fight in his career © Getty Images

Shawn Porter has shrugged off the pressure of being world champion ahead of the second defence of his IBF world welterweight title against Kell Brook on Saturday.

The American is being linked to big fights should he prevail against his fellow unbeaten boxer Brook at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Victory could even put Porter in contention for the biggest pay-day of his career and a fight against rival world welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr, boxing's biggest superstar, next May.

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However Porter, 26, insists he is not looking beyond mandatory challenger Brook as he looks to follow up April's four-round destruction of American Paulie Malignaggi with another stoppage win.

He said: "I am going into the fight looking for that knockout. I told myself that going four rounds or less would be a beautiful night for me.

"But at the same time I am prepared for a 12 round fight and being a boxer I know that you must be prepared for anything.

"I welcome the target on my back. I enjoy people talking about me. The good thing about having the target on my back is that I am a very hard target to hit. "I am very excited about this fight and looking forward to defending my title. Saturday couldn't come fast enough and after the fight I will be walking out with that title again.

"Being that this is only the second time Kell Brook has fought in America, I hope he feels that added pressure of the big fight. The energy of the StubHub Center crowd will make him feel it, that's for sure.

"I love the fact that we are both undefeated, it makes for a great story. I know that he is a great fighter and I can't look past him - that would be a huge mistake." Brook has had to wait two years for his shot at the world title during which time he wondered if it would ever actually happen.

Brook, 28, first won an eliminator for the IBF title two years ago and had three dates with American Devon Alexander cancelled because of injuries in both camps.

Alexander lost the IBF belt to Porter, who then opted to make Brook wait while he had a voluntary defence against Malignaggi.

Brook still believes the world title shot has come at the right time for him despite the wait. The Briton has won his last four fights by stoppage and is looking to impress an American audience in only his second fight across the pond.

He said: "I've been waiting a very long time for my opportunity to fight in a world title fight, so the added pressure and anticipation will work in my favour.

"I have never been more prepared for a fight before and knowing that this is the biggest fight of my career only adds to my confidence.

"This is definitely my opportunity to show American fans what all the fuss is about with this British guy. My message to them is that I will go into that ring and give it my all and come out with that world title. Go get your popcorn ready.

"I am a slick fighter who will be very exciting. You are going to see crisp shots and I think that this fight will be a fight of the year candidate.

"It doesn't matter that this is only my second time fighting in America. It's just another ring and I will be ready to go."

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