Sheffield boxing: Kell plans show of his life

Eat that upper cut, says Kell Brook (right)
Eat that upper cut, says Kell Brook (right)
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Kell Brook has pledged to put on the show of his life on August 16.

The Sheffield welterweight plans to put on a devastating performance to deprive American Shawn Porter of his IBF world title, at the StubHub Center, Carson, California.

“You will see things you have never seen before in me” Brook promised The Star.

“People have said I always done just enough to win, but never go out as far as I should do. But Porter is going to bring the best out of me. I am going through all the gears, this time, not just 80 per cent of them. Boxing fans in the United States and the UK are in for a treat!”

Brook, 28, is the underdog, and Porter has implied that the Brit prefers to avoid fighting on the inside.

Porter said: “He’s rangy, but he’s uncomfortable when he’s not able to use his range. “There’s a lot I’ve seen and a lot I plan on working on.”

The Ingle man responded: “I have been more of a long-range fighter who keeps on the end of my shots.

“But trust me, when I am on inside I will be working.

“As a fighter you have to learn to fight in any situation.

“If Porter wants to fight on the inside, fine, he will be eating some uppercuts.”

While Brook is brimming with confidence, he is not without his respect for a rival who has beaten Paul Malignaggi and Devon Alexander in his last two outings.

“He is predictable in some ways and does have flaws. But you have also got to give him credit” said Brook.

“He’s tough, deserves to be where he is in the rankings and at this level there is not a mile of a gap between any of us.”

Brook recently attended a press session at promoter Eddie Hearn’s base in Essex - flying there by helicopter.

“It belongs to a friend of mine, Paul Bird” said the fighter.

“When it was offered I thought: ‘Why not?’ It was great - it only took 40 minutes!”