Two years ago today, Sheffield’s Kell Brook shocked the boxing world by beating American Shawn Porter in California to become welterweight world champion.
In 26 days time, he will be aiming to defy the odds again, by taking on mega-aggressive middleweight Gennady Golovkin, in London.
Promoter Eddie Hearn believes it will be a much-improved Brook that takes on the Kazakh ring lord.
He tweeted: “Two years ago today @SpecialKBrook beat Porter to become champ - I say he was at 70%. Time to see the 100.”
Since the Porter victory Brook has boxed opponents not fit to lace his gloves, in Jo Jo Dan, Frankie Gavin and Kevin Bizier. In total, the three opponents lasted just ten rounds between them.
Tomorrow, he is sparring with unbeaten super welterweight Liam Williams, at the Ingle gym.
Williams is an unbeaten 24-year-old prospect from Clydach Vale, Wales, who should provide some decent work-outs for Brook.
The Welshman tweeted: “Really looking forward to having the pleasure of sparring world champ @SpecialKBrook this week... Great experience working with the best.”
Much has been made of Gennady’s traditional weight advantage, but he is only an inch taller and a one inch longer reach. But Brook is shrugging off suggestions, most recently from welter rival Errol Spence, that he will be blown away by GGG’s power.
“I think everyone’s surprised Kell Brook took that fight,” said Spence.
“He’s moving up to 160 to fight Triple G, a very hard puncher and a knockout artist.
“Triple G has been heard to knockout heavyweights in the gym. They’re having him [Brook] move up to take that fight. It takes a lot of guts. I applaud him for it, but I think Triple G will knock him out.
“I give Kell Brook a chance. He’s fighting in the UK. Who knows if it’s a close fight and it goes the distance. He could get the nod, but if I were to bet on it, I’d have Triple G by a knockout.”
The Sheffielder says: “This is my chance to show the critics. I’ve always wanted to be tested and that is what will happen in this fight.
“It also shows that I don’t give a s*** – I want to fight the best and I fear no man. This fight proves that.”