Fear isn’t a word you associate with Sheffield world champion Kell Brook.
But the IBF welterweight and his camp acknowledge butterflies will be in their stomachs when they take on unified middleweight title holder Gennady Golovkin in London on September 10.
At a press conference in the capital, Brook’s trainer Dom Ingle said: “This is the type of fight you have got to go up all the gears. Golovkin is a very clever fighter with ringcraft and power and boxing skill - it is the fear of the fight that makes you perform your best. If you go in with fear you will give your best performance. We have addressed all the scenarios and Kell is going to put it together on the night.”
Asked about the fear factor, Brook said “He (Golovkin) can punch like a mule...I have got to be completely on the ball. Anything shorter than that and it is not going to look good.”
Brook said the sports-science work at Hallam University led by Danny Wilson was showing impressive results as he steps up two weight divisions. “We are seeing bigger numbers” he said. “Numbers don’t lie. I’m at my natural weight. I wanted those massive fights and this is the biggest. There is so much energy coming from the camp” said Brook, whose Ingle team has been preparing him in Fuerteventura.
“Nobody’s ever got the best out of me, I want to test myself and I know that we’ll see he best in me. I’m excited myself to see what I can do. I always seem to do enough, find a way to win, and it’ll be the same..”
His Kazakh opponent was his normal genial, unflappable self at the press conference.
With his trademark politeness, he acknowledged the real power brokers behind the multi-million pound fight, Sky TV and the American network HBO.
He said he respected the underdog Brook and his team but said: “This is a very serious business for us.
“I am ready 110 per cent, I believe it will be a show with drama” said the smiling assassin.
Host promoter Eddie Hearn said Brook could emulate the achievements of boxing greats like Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard.
While Wincobank trainer Dom Ingle added: “Kell always said he wanted to make history - it is a big ask, but he can become middleweight world champion.”