By Edward Chaykovsky
Undefeated welterweight contender Kell Brook was not shocked when Shawn Porter unseated Devon Alexander last December for the IBF championship. Brook, who was Alexander's mandatory challenger but saw three scheduled dates fall apart due to injuries, will face Porter on August 16th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
"I wasn't shocked because anything can happen in boxing. I think there's a blueprint over that with Devon against as many fighters who just smother him, because he likes to keep that distance and be on the back foot. So, you know, when watching it, I wasn't really too shocked," Brook said.
But when it comes to Porter's last win, a four round destruction of the very durable Paulie Malignaggi earlier this year, Brook was very shocked.
"I remember watching that fight. I didn't expect that and I was definitely shocked after knowing that Malignaggi had been in with Cotto and some other big names, and other big fighters. I was slightly surprised knowing that Shawn Porter knocked Malignaggi out so quickly. It was a little bit of a shock to me," Brook said.