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 Last update:  8/15/2014       Read more by Shaun Brown         
   
Kell Brook Ready: I'm Gonna Expose Shawn Porter!
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By Shaun Brown

Its been a long time coming but Kell Brooks moment of truth is finally here.

After a 2013 which saw his IBF welterweight title clash with then champion Devon Alexander called off three times, a somewhat unnecessary rematch with Carson Jones and the biggest win of his career against Vyacheslav Senchenko. There still remained disappointment that Brook 32-0 (22 KOs) had still not challenged for a world title.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, British boxing fans will either have their hopes realised that the Yorkshireman is in fact The Special One as he calls himself or have their fears confirmed that the chance has ultimately passed after he faces the current IBF 147lb title holder, Shawn Porter 24-0-1 (15 KOs) at the StubHub Center, California.
When speaking to BoxingScene.com before he flew out to America for his biggest test to date, Brook was aware of the criticism that he and his promoter Eddie Hearn have had thrown at them after a frustrating 18 months. The 28 year old gave his own explanation as to why he thought that was.

I think people wanna see if Kell Brook can really fight, said the unbeaten Brit.
Its not always been my fault, politics behind it mean its (a world title shot) not happened. The thing is Im 32-0 and people wanna see if I can fight at the top level and theyre gonna see on the 16th that Im the real deal.

The former British welterweight champion who used to watch the likes of his idol Naseem Hamed do his thing at the iconic Ingles Gym in Sheffield knows its sink or swim time. After recent career setbacks there is a sizeable amount of pressure on his shoulders to deliver another world title back to British boxing. Despite Brook describing himself as laid back when it comes to such demands there is a dawn of realisation as to how big Sat night has become.

I am laid back but at the back of my mind I know its the biggest fight of my life. When I walked into a gym as a youngster Ive always wanted to become champion of the world. This is the one, this is the one that Ive been training for all my life. I am a kinda cool customer, laid back but at the back of my mind I know its a huge fight. But, you know, Ive had huge pressure in Sheffield my own backyard. I seem to deal with that pressure quite nicely. Its gonna be what its gonna be. Ive done all the hard work. Its just about me and Porter sharing that ring together on the 16th.

And what of Porter? The 26 year old champion from Akron, Ohio has all of a sudden blossomed into a devastating force at 10st 7lbs after bullying Devon Alexander into giving up his world title last December and ruthlessly dismantling Paulie Malignaggi inside four rounds in his first defence back in April. Two good wins that top anything and anyone Brook has ever fought and beat are the media and fans getting carried away with how good he is?

Its debatable, he answered.

Well see in this fight. Hes come on the scene and I dont believe everything about this Shawn Porter. Im gonna expose him on the 16th. People are gonna see and people are gonna know about my talent and why they call me The Special One. Theyll know on the 16th why.

Combine the punching power and accuracy from Brook, the power and relentlessness from Porter and it looks on paper as we may have ourselves a very competitive world title fight that will unlikely go the distance. Brook told Scene he doesnt care if its a war or a chess match. Hes trained for every scenario. In his opinion, the best of the challenger will beat the best of the champion.

I expect it to be what its gonna be. Ive prepared for every different avenue. Ive prepared hard and prepared well. Whatever happens in that ring on the night Im prepared for. Ive left no stone unturned and believe me Im ready.

Im not concentrating on Shawn Porter and what hes done in his last fights or what hes capable of doing. Ive been training for these past three months and its been the best Kell Brook and the best Kell Brook beats the best Shawn Porter for me.

As people in and around the Brook camp have been telling us this is the best that he has ever looked. And during his phone interview with Scene it was clear to the ears that mentally he is full of belief, positivity and convinced that this is his time. A far cry from the fighter that came close to walking away from the sport after several months of setbacks that eventually saw Matchroom stablemate, Lee Purdy fight Devon Alexander, and not Brook.

There has been some dark times, Brook admitted.

Ive got good people around me. Its been hard, theres no other way of putting it. Its been very hard. But what can you do, what can you do? Its about being patient and I knew it was just a matter of time. I knew nothing was gonna get in my way this time. It was just a waiting game and making sure that everything in the plan was there to be done.

Ive had Eddie telling me whats gonna happen and to be patient and carry on with what Im doing and here we are. Whatever hes said is whats happened. Im here now and the fights not far away.

And with the fight just around the corner, its as welcome for his fans back in Sheffield as it is for himself. They too have had to deal with the waiting game and the wondering if they are going to see another boxing star emerge from the Steel City much like Naz did in the 90s.

A lot of the fans are buzzing about this fight but is it what is, its been going on for a while. This shouldve happened a year and a half ago. So people are still kinda waiting to see what Kell Brooks all about and basically were here now. They dont have too long to wait. I need to go out there and do what Ive been doing in training. Whatever happens in that ring whether I box or whether I fight Im willing to lay it all on the line in that fight. And I know that winning this fight Ill get the utmost respect from all the fans all over the world. Ill be a superstar overnight.

Shaun Brown is the UK Editor at Boxing Scene and a contributor to Boxing Monthly. He can be contacted at sbrownboxing@gmail.com with any news, views or stories you may have.

Tags: Kell Brook , Shawn Porter , Porter-Brook , Porter vs. Brook


 

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comment by Sun Diego, on 08-17-2014
[QUOTE=Sun Diego]Fight wont last 9 rounds. Brook is not ready to fight at this level. Wouldn't surprise me if Porter gets him out quick like he did with Mallinagi[/QUOTE] Dammit Sun Diego YDKSAB. Red K, take this turd

comment by WESS, on 08-17-2014
[QUOTE=junior gong]Oh dear.......and what a prize cunt that greasy, bumsniffing, racist floydspastic Wess is.:lol1:[/QUOTE] lol Typical lying cunt... As usual. and the irony of calling someone racist.. YOU are the biggest racist on this site..

comment by Ray Stokes, on 08-17-2014
[QUOTE=todaline]Without the perspective: [url]http://news.boxrec.com/2014/shawn-porter-v-kell-brook-head-head[/url][/QUOTE] Brook is the exact same height as Khan and De La Hoya isn't legitimately a shade over 5'9.

comment by junior gong, on 08-17-2014
[QUOTE=revs1227]kell is good but will be destroyed by porter[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=hitmanhatton]Yawn. Porter will demolish Brook. Just wait and see.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Gary Coleman]Porter has sparred with guys better than Kell Brook. Shawn's leaping left hook will find a home early and often in thi...

comment by cameltoe, on 08-16-2014
[QUOTE=Cleto_Reyes]shawn porter wont even need his eyes to beat brook. hes been training blindfolded[/QUOTE] Like Danny Garcia then, king of the no-look hook

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