KELL BROOK flies out on Friday to begin his mission to conquer America and has reassured South Yorkshire: “I won’t let you down.”
The unbeaten Sheffield welterweight will make his cross Atlantic debut on December 17 when he meets Puerto Rican Luis Galarza at the 17,000 capacity Boardwalk Hall, New Jersey.
The 25-year-old puncher, nicknamed ‘Special K’, is acutely aware he has to make his mark if he is to be granted a world title shot in March.
He told The Star: “It is a dream come true for me to be fighting in America. I have dreamt about this moment since I was a young kid. Only good things can happen to me from now on in.
“I’m not going to let anyone down. I’m going to do Sheffield and Britain proud. I’m going to go out there and put a great show on. They love their boxing in America. People say when you’ve cracked it out there you’ve made it so I want to show them my skills and what I’m all about.
“My time has come and I’m going to grab it with both hands.”
Brook jets out to New York in two days in preparation for the bout, which is indisputably the biggest fight of his fledgling career. In recent weeks, he has sparred with Chad Gaynor and Liam Cameron.
“They are hungry kids and every time they have been in the ring with me they have tried to knock my head off!” he said. “It is always good to have that kind of sparring. When you get put under pressure, it makes you perform better.”
Brook, who has recorded 17 of his 25 victories by knockout, fights as the chief support under the WBC and WBA super middleweight title decider between stablemate Carl Froch and California’s Andre Ward.
He said: “I’ve been training hard and everything is on course for the fight. It is all about polishing my all round skills to make sure I perform on that big stage. You never stop learning as a fighter and I’m working on things all the time. He [Luis] is a very dangerous opponent and I know he’s going to be fired up for the fight but I will be ready for him.”