By Edward Chaykovsky
Former welterweight champion Shawn Porter would like to get revenge on Kell Brook, who holds the IBF world title.
In 2014, Brook traveled over to Los Angeles and won a very closer twelve round decision over Porter to capture the IBF belt. Because of injuries, Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) has only made three defenses since their contest.
Last September, Brook moved up to the middleweight division and was stopped in five rounds by unified champion Gennady Golovkin at the O2 Arena in London. He plans to return to the welterweight division in his next fight. Porter has been out of the ring since losing a decision to Keith Thurman last June.
Porter was not happy with the way the Brook fight played out. The fight was close with Brook walking away with the majority decision win. Porter believes the rematch could be much different.
"I would love to face Kell again," said Porter to Sky Sports. "Watching it, I was upset and angry, questioning how I lost. 'How could you not give me this victory?'
"But when you start to open your heart, your mind, your eyes - if I had taken a different approach to the fight mentally, and emotionally, the fight would have ended differently and I would have beaten Brook. I know I can make adjustments and win."
Brook is currently in talks for a potential fight with countryman Amir Khan (31-4, 19 KOs). Because of Khan's chin and combining that with Brook's power and accuracy, Porter is siding with Brook to get the win. Khan has been out of the ring since a brutal sixth round knockout at the hands of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez last May.
"At this point with Amir, depending upon who he's in the ring with, he needs to be damn-near perfect for 12 rounds and that's really hard to do," Porter "That means not getting hit at all. If he does get hit, he needs to be defensive. His chin is questionable now, and it's not just due to who he's been in the ring with.
"He's susceptible to being knocked out. He's a dangerous fighter because of his quickness and experience, but he's vulnerable. If you pushed me to pick a winner, I'd probably pick Kell Brook because I think he's stronger. I know he's stronger. And he's sharper."
"What I mean by that; we know Amir has great speed, unbelievable speed, especially with his height and range at the weight class. But two things he lacks - defence after his offence, and taking punches isn't in his best interest. With that combination over the course of 12 rounds, Kell reigns victorious."