Brook bites into the Big Apple

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KELL BROOK woke up in the Big Apple today scarcely believing he has made the big time.

The Owlerton, Sheffield welterweight is a week away from his first American fight, against Puerto Rican Luis Galarza, 100 miles south, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Brook said: “I feel as if I’m on top of the world. I’ve been so busy sparring and training that the flight just seemed to come out of the blue. But it’s great to be given the opportunity to realise my dream and win in America.”

Trainer Dominic Ingle added: “There won’t be an issue in Kell acclimatising over the next week. It’s an east coast show so the journey and time difference isn’t that challenging. I remember Naseem Hamed (1998) being delayed through visa problems before his fight in Atlantic City with Wayne McCullough. He only got there three days before the fight, and he still won.

“All of Kell’s preparation is done. We (his team) will keep on him to stay focused.”