Exciting British welterweight Kell Brook is hoping to “razzle and dazzle” on his American debut tomorrow as he closes in on a world title shot.
The unbeaten 25-year-old fights Puerto Rican tough man Luis Galarza over 10 rounds on the undercard of Carl Froch’s Super Six final clash with Andre Ward in Atlantic City this weekend.
The Sheffield fighter needs to win and win in style at the Boardwalk Hall as he aims to build his profile in the United States ahead of what he hopes is a big 2012.
“The world title shot is so close I can definitely feel it,” Brook told Press Association Sport.
“Things are getting talked about now and we’re on about a world title fight next year.
“Eddie (Hearn, promoter) is actually talking now to people so I’ve got that in my mind.
“But first of all I’ve got to get rid of this kid. We know he’s going to be game but I’ve got an extra spring in my step fighting here.
“I’m going to enjoy every bit of it but my mind is going to be fixed on the job in hand.
“I’m looking to impress and razzle and dazzle.”
Brook (25-0, 17KO wins) has pressed his claims for world honours with creditable victories over quality opponents Lovemore N’dou and Rafal Jackiewicz in his last two fights and is pleased by the momentum he has gained ahead of the meeting with Galarza (17-2, 13 KOs).
“I’m flying at moment,” he said.
“My last couple of fights have been in Sheffield and I’ve answered a lot of questions.
“I’m boxing again regularly and that’s another big thing for me and to be boxing on a big stage actually puts less pressure on me - the pressure’s more on Carl in this fight.
“But he’s used to it and I’m getting used to it now.”
Brook is relishing the chance to get back to the day job after a spot of moonlighting as a model for a leading menswear shop.
“The modelling is all good fun,” he said. “It breaks up the training, I enjoy doing it for Scotts, who have put my face on these big billboards in the Trafford Centre in Manchester and their shop in Sheffield.
“It’s obviously secondary to the boxing but I enjoy it and I get the clothes, which is good stuff.
“I’d swap the catwalk for the Boardwalk any day, though, to be boxing in that mega arena where some great hall-of-famers have boxed.
“To have my name on the bill in Atlantic City is great. When I look back at it when I’m an old man, telling my kids ‘that’s the first place I boxed in America’ will be brilliant.
“I watched the Arturo Gatti v Micky Ward fights that took place there which were absolutely unbelievable fights, probably the fights of the decade. That’s what it’s about.”