Sheffield champion Kell Brook hungry for higher profile opponent

Kell Brook celebrates defeating Frankie Gavin in their IBF World welterweight title fight at the O2 Arena, last year
Kell Brook celebrates defeating Frankie Gavin in their IBF World welterweight title fight at the O2 Arena, last year
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Kell Brook admits he “feels for the fans” who are waiting for him to take on an elite opponent.

Sheffield’s 29-year-old world champion defends his IBF welterweight belt against virtual-unknown Kevin Bizier on March 26.

The run-up has been largely overtaken by rumour and speculation about who Brook will fight next.

In world-prestige terms, Canadian Bizier, 31, is not big business, and Brook has not been severely tested since he wrenched the belt off American Shawn Porter in August 2014.

“I feel for the fans, they need to see me in a massive fight, they need to be excited like I need to be excited for these fights” he says.

But Brook acknowledges he has to beat Bizier and put on a show if he is secure the major shows, he craves.

“If you are not on your best ‘A’ game, especially in the welterweight division, you come unstuck” Brook said on an Ingle Gym video on youtube.

“People have done that, been found out and been beat, in the history of the game. We can’t let that happen.

“While we are at the top, while we are unbeaten, and while we are shouting for the best fighters out there, we have got to perform we have got to look good in this fight and then we have got a shout at the best boys out there” said Brook.

“I am after the (Keith) Thurman v Porter winner, [This has now been postponed after Thurman was hurt in a car crash} I’m after (Manny) Pacquiao, (Timothy) Bradley, I am after (Danny) Garcia unification.

“Garcia...the WBC, that green belt would look beautiful next to my red IBF! A unification in the Summer, that would be a dream for me. Let’s give the fans a massive fight.”

Brook promises a “fireworks all-action” scrap with Bizier, whom he sent a message to.

“I am going to make sure I do my job and look sensational. I am going to perform like a world champion and defend my title in style.

“Kevin Bizier should be looking in my eyes, have I got the ‘eye of the tiger,’ do I want it? Does he want it? You are getting in there with the best.

“There is no stone unturned at my end.

“I am coming in there at 110 per cent. You have got your work cut out. I just wish you all the best in the fight and keep your guard up son!