For a boxer who has won all 32 of his fights, Kell Brook gets his fair share of stick on the internet.
He has never fought anybody decent, has been protected, doesn’t have the pedigree and meanness of American boxers...so they say across the world wide web. Oh, and he’s injured, too.
Brook, like all high-profile sportsmen, has had to develop a thick skin to shrug off the uninformed and abusive cyber ranks. Unlike his pal Curtis Woodhouse he’s never phsyically tracked down the Trolls.
In fact, there is an upside to the criticism - it spurs him on, as he prepares to win Shawn Porter’s IBF world welterweight belt, in Hollywood, on August 16.
“It can get under your skin for a second, and I definitely take note of those people who have been writing me off” Brook, who sparred with Dronfield puncher Adam Etches on Friday. “When I read all that nonsense it just makes me push myself that little bit harder. Some criticism is ok and might be true to a certain extent.
“But I know I can fight at this level and when I beat Porter they will have to respect that.”
Brook, who leaves for America on Wednesday, said internet “idiots” had criticised fighters as high up the food chain as Floyd Mayweather - which caused him to wonder what they had to gripe about. But the Sheffield fighter, 28, is mature enough now to put it on one side.
“I an ignoring any negativity in the run-up to this fight” he said. “When I ‘ve won, I’ll see what those who are writing me off have to say.”
Porter, 26, believes he has a higher authority on his side. He recently tweeted: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the lord.” He says hard work and consistency is the corner stone of his success.
Meanwhile Barnsley’s Ben Wager put on a tremendous six round display against unbeaten Tom Stalker in Manchester on Saturday, before being outpointed 56-59. Sportsmanlike Ben tweeted it had been “a pleasure to share the ring” with the light welter.