Shawn Porter has accused Sheffield’s Kell Brook of being entertaining people with his mouth - rather than his fists.
Brook is mandatory challenger to the American, who is IBF welterweight ruler. No date or venue has yet been decided, but Porter says he would be happy to fight in England.
The conqueror of Devon Alexander and Paul Malignaggi said he’d heard Brook had goaded him. “He has said some ‘keep the belt warm for me’ type stuff, but this is boxing.
“Some guys entertain with their mouths, some guys entertain with their fists. At this point I can say he is entertaining with his mouth” he told the Doghouse Boxing website.
“He tries to fight strong but there are some guys who have fought me that can tell you that it is not enough to look the part you have actually got to be the part. I am quicker, faster and stronger than him. We have seen him pull out of fights before, for him to come over here and try and take this belt from me.. we’ll see if he is going to back up all that talk.”
Porter said he wasn’t worried about the possibility of staging the fight in England.
“The momentum I have and my team has is great.
“We are at the highlight of my career, everything is clicking on all cylinders.
“To go over there and defend my title is no problem for me., especially when I am getting 75 per cent of that purse. I am looking forward to the purse, looking forward to the win.”