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Team Porter Worried Kell Brook May Pull Out Again

By Ryan Burton

August 9th has been mentioned as a tentative date for Shawn Porter's second defense of his IBF welterweight title against his mandatory challenger Kell Brook. The fight is scheduled to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and will be televised on Showtime.

Brook, who is from the UK, has been the mandatory challenger for over 18 months and has had fights against the previous champion Devon Alexander scheduled and postponed three times. Brook pulled out twice with injuries while Alexander pulled out once for the same reason.

Porter's father and trainer Ken is hopeful that history doesn't repeat itself and that the fight comes to fruition.

"You know I am somewhat concerned about that. I just said to somebody the other day that I am concerned that this guy has had situations before and you go through a whole entire camp and he pulls out at the last minute and you can't get a replacement. That is a concern. We need to sign contracts so we can move forward but yes that is a concern," Porter revealed.

Porter took it a step further and said that if Brook pulls out for any reason that the IBF should strip him of his mandatory status and let another challenger get a shot at the champion.

"I also feel that if anything happens this time he shouldn't remain the mandatory. I don't know how he's maintained it this long with the amount of times he has pulled out of fights regardless of the situations," Porter told BoxingScene.com.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by junior gong on 06-19-2014

[QUOTE=Hook-Right;14675899]Brook pulled out of the Alexander fight 2X. That is shameful, and really f'cked Devon over. I like Brook overall, but if he pulls out of this fight, he should be barred from title fights for ~2 years. Maybe he…

Comment by junior gong on 06-19-2014

[QUOTE=badnewsbrown;14672931]If i was Hearn i'd drag kelly to the ring and make him fight. He's been tuning up forever for a title shot.[/QUOTE] He's got injured twice. Whats he supposed to do?:thinking:

Comment by LacedUp on 06-19-2014

[QUOTE=Hook-Right;14675899]Brook pulled out of the Alexander fight 2X. That is shameful, and really f'cked Devon over. I like Brook overall, but if he pulls out of this fight, he should be barred from title fights for ~2 years. Maybe he…

Comment by Hook-Right on 06-19-2014

[QUOTE=LA_2_Vegas;14675732]Brook pulling out against Devon allowed Porter to get that title shot, didn't it? Maybe he should be thanking him?[/QUOTE] Brook pulled out of the Alexander fight 2X. That is shameful, and really f'cked Devon over. I like Brook overall,…

Comment by alexguiness on 06-19-2014

I don't think Brook will pull out - too much at stake this time. But it still wouldn't surprise me if he did. I have to say that I actually question Brook's ambition sometimes, he hides in Sheffield fighting journeymen…

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