IT has taken a few years but Kell Brook is about to embark on a mission to seek fame and fortune in America, writes Bob Westerdale.
The bright lights await, as they did for his old gymmate, Naseem Hamed ,who, as world champion between 1994 and 2001, had five big pay-day fights in the US.
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Brook competes at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on December 17 - a sensational experience for the 25-year-old from Owlerton who realises it is the ultimate for any boxer to get a cross-Atlantic call to arms.
Towards the end of his glittering career, Naz succumbed to temptation and took his eye off the sport, eventually losing to Marco Antonio Barrera in Las Vegas.
But Brook’s trainer, Dominic Ingle, says his talented champion - seven years a professional - will not get the chance to get distracted in the same way.
Asked about the media frenzy and inevitable hype associated with his 10-round bout against Puerto Rican Luis Galarza in New Jersey, Ingle said: “Kell probably would like to razz it up, but our job is always to keep his feet on the ground.
“Our ‘mind games’, to settle him back into normality, begin as soon as he comes back to the gym after a fight.
“We keep control of his situation and we’ll make sure things don’t go the same way that they did with Naz.”
Ingle said he expected Brook to get the same thrill of fighting in the States as Hamed did.
“People like Naz and Junior Witter thrived off that kind of environment. It’s the same for Kell. Just going to America is a big buzz.
“American fight fans are different to English fans, though. They are at ringside baying for blood every minute of the fight; they are not too bothered about too much finesse.
“They just want somebody ending up on the canvas at the end of the night.
“As long as Kell provides them with that, I think he will go down very well over there. But Kell will be under pressure to knock him out.”