SHEFFIELD’S Kell Brook has vowed to prove he is a world class fighter by ripping the IBF welterweight crown from Shawn Porter when they meet in California on August 16.
Brook has had to bide his time for his first world title fight with three clashes against previous champion Devon Alexander cancelled through injury to both men.
The unbeaten Yorkshireman will travel to America in two weeks’ time to complete his training camp, and Brook says that the time has come to show the world he belongs at the very top.
“I’ve been through the mill the last 18 months but all that is forgotten now,” said Brook. “We’ve got the date and after all the blood, sweat and tears it’s going to be worth it and I will prove to all the doubters that I am the real deal on the big stage when I win the world title on August 16.
“We have been in training for a long time thinking it was going to be in July, then we thought it was August, then the beginning of September and now we’re back to August. I don’t know what is going on in their camp and really I don’t care, I don’t believe they want the fight, it’s risky for them with little reward.
“I am a 32-0 Brit and they would prefer to fight someone else, but that’s why we worked hard to get the mandatory position so he has no option.