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Kell Brook: If I Lose To Saldivia, I Will Quit Boxing

By Steve Lillis, courtesy of The Daily Star

KELL BROOK has vowed to retire if he loses to Hector Saldivia at the weekend.

Unbeaten Brook faces the Argentinian in an IBF welterweight title eliminator in his hometown of Sheffield knowing victory will keep him on track to face Amir Khan next year.

But Brook, 26, admits it will be ­ curtains for his career if he is defeated.

He said: “People keep saying I have ­talent and I know how much hard work I have done in this training camp.

“If I can’t get rid of guys like Saldivia, I don’t deserve to be at this level.

“That is why I’m saying I will pack up if I don’t beat him.”

IBF world champion Randall Bailey risks his title against Devon Alexander in Brooklyn this weekend and if Brook comes through at the Motorpoint Arena, he is guaranteed a shot against the ­winner early next year.

But an even bigger fight on the ­horizon would be a potential £5m ‘Battle of ­Britain’ against Khan.

Khan has teased Brook over his ­credentials and the pair rowed when they appeared on TV earlier this month.

Brook said: “I have got to come through this fight with flying colours and show why people call me the ‘Special One’.

“I am not trying to do anything for Khan this weekend but there is pressure on me to perform.

“I want to show myself and the fans why people are banging on about me ­going on to achieve great things.

“I want to make a statement and ­impress against Saldivia so people put me up there with the elite of boxing.”

Brook has improved his diet and must do likewise with his stamina after just getting through his 12-rounder against ­Carson Jones in July.

Much of his training camp has been spent in Fuerteventura in the ­Canaries, working with buddies from Dominic ­Ingle’s gym.

On the undercard in ­Sheffield, Robin Reid and Kenny ­Anderson will ­battle for the British ­super-middleweight title.

The belt was vacated by George Groves due to ­injury.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MASTER1454 on 10-18-2012

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;12615954]Uh no he fought Casamayor. Bradley fans like to pretend that fight didn't happen. I dont blame you tbh[/QUOTE] I'm by no stretch, a Bradley fan. Don't get it twisted.......and like I said, he fought Pacquiao (had it…

Comment by 4Corners on 10-18-2012

Kell Brook struggled way too much with Carson Jones for me to believe he's going to be a force, but I still like his skills and he's still a good fighter in my book. I'd like to see him fight…

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 10-18-2012

[QUOTE=MASTER1454;12615852] Don't see wiggling out of your promotional contract as a duck. Then, he fights Pacquaio (who is head, shoulders & feet better than Khan). Help me understand..... [/QUOTE] Uh no he fought Casamayor. Bradley fans like to pretend that…

Comment by MASTER1454 on 10-18-2012

[QUOTE=johncods;12614119]Huh? Khan has great attitude. Even after his losses he did not get down on himself and was always positive about his future. I don't like that attitude aswell. It makes me question kell's mindset.[/QUOTE] Khan is not positive: he's…

Comment by junior gong on 10-18-2012

[QUOTE=Cuban Linx;12614431]Extremely talented, but a complete MENTAL MIDGET. He's already thinking about the end of his career. The pressure will be on for him to win spectacularly. That fight with Carson Jones, he almost lost to a journey man. He…

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