Two decades of toil can lead to another Sheffield world title

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Trainer Dominic Ingle will remind Kell Brook tonight of the boxing journey that has taken him to the cusp of becoming a world champion.

The Ingle family and gym have trained, counselled and supported Brook since he walked into their Wincobank, Sheffield base, at the age of nine, back in 1995.

Kell Brook and his team

Kell Brook and his team

Tonight all those years of sweat and endeavour should hopefully come to fruititon, as he seeks to take the IBF world welterweight title away from the muscular, come-forward American champion Shawn Porter, in California.

Asked what final instructions he will give Brook in his corner at the StubHub centre, LA, Ingle told The Star: “I’ll say: ‘It’s your time Kell, this is what you have been wanting all your life now it’s come and don’t blow your chance!’ And he won’t do because to be honest. Even when he was under pressure from the likes of Carson Jones...for six rounds it was a do-or-die situation.

“But I never saw, in any point in that fight, Kell looking for a way out jumping on the floor or thinking he didn’t want it. He fought his way through.

“He wanted to show the people of Sheffield he has got “the minerals” as they say.

“I have never seen Kell in a fight yet think this is too big an ask, no I don’t fancy this. He will fight to the death.”

Ingle accepts that to win in America is a massive challenge.

And the bookies appear to be expecting a successful second defence for the Ohio brawler.

“It is a hard ask, in California, there will be three American judges, an American referee so we are up against it” said the trainer.

“But that is no excuse. Kell should be able to beat this kid. Porter is a tough kid but Kell will have to switch on.

“He has got to show everybody what he has been telling everybody for years.

“There is no doubt in my mind and I dont think there is any doubt in Kell Brook’s mind.”

The fight at the StubHub centre in Los Angeles is on Sky TV with the ring walk set to be at 3.50am our time.