Sheffield boxer will dedicate title to his family

Kell Brook, partner Lindsey and their baby daughter Nevaeh
Kell Brook, partner Lindsey and their baby daughter Nevaeh
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One of the first places Kell Brook will be heading to when he returns home from America - hopefully with the IBF world welterweight belt gripped firmly under his arm - will be to a house in Shirecliffe, Sheffield.

There he will be greeted by his proud grandparents Ann and Roy, who have doted on him since the day he was born in May, 1986.

Family means everything to relatively-new dad Brook, as he told The Star in an exclusive interview, ahead of his IBF welterweight title clash with reigning champ Shawn Porter, in California, on Saturday.

Asked who he had leaned on for support during his life, he answered: “My mum, my dad, (Julie and Terry) my partner (Lindsey) and my grandma and grandad. “I have talked to my family about fights ever since I walked into the (Ingle) gym at nine years old. I told them all I was going to be a world champion and they are all passionate as I am about it. I have always turned to them. And they all really want it for me.

“My grandma and grandad are getting on a bit, so they didn’t go to America. I’ll be round there soon enough though with my belt over my shoulder.”

Brooks, who has enjoyed the final part of his camp in Las Vegas before flying out to Los Angeles, admitted: “I wasn’t the best kid at school; I was never going to get anywhere there.

“I had bad grades and always told the teachers I wasn’t bothered about concentrating too much because I was going to be champion of the world. They were like: ‘whatever.’

“But later on, some of the (Herries School) teachers have come and watched me!”

Fellow British boxers are backing Brook. Audley Harrison MBE tweeted: “I’m rooting for you bud, heart, body & soul.” Nicky Cook added: “I’m hearing @SpecialKBrook is looking in great shape best wishes Kell”