Frankie Gavin says his fight with Kell Brook has not come too soon for him, even if his world title shot has arrived earlier than expected.
Shirecliffe ace Brook will make a voluntary defence of his IBF welterweight title against stablemate Gavin next Saturday at London’s O2 Arena.
Gavin admits that while Brook has been on his radar since he turned professional, he did not expect to be meeting him as soon as he is.
But he insists he is ready to beat Brook for the world title.
“The idea was always to fight Kell Brook but it’s come a bit quicker than expected,” the Birmingham fighter said.
“Since I went pro it was always the goal. When I beat Junior Witter for the British title, it was always a case of when I was going to fight Kell rather than if.
“It’s come quicker but not sooner than I’m ready for, not too soon for me at all.
“Once I realised I could pursue the Brook fight, there hasn’t been anything else.”
Brook is the heavy favourite for the fight and has already spoken of a potential meeting with WBA regular champion Keith Thurman later in the summer.
Gavin does not believe Brook is looking past next Saturday’s fight and has warned him just in case.
He said: “He’s world champion so he’s got to be thinking about the fights ahead.
“I’m thinking about these things and I’m not even world champion yet.
“He wants the big fights and wants to keep his name mentioned with the big names.
“If he is overlooking me, he’s a very stupid guy.”