Boxing: Every base covered as Kell Brook homes in on title

Kell Brook with his partner Lindsey.
Kell Brook with his partner Lindsey.

Kell Brook says he will emerge the victor of a “dogfight” with Shawn Porter- if that is the way their world title encounter develops in California a week tomorrow.

Many pundits view the ruling IBF champion as a non-stop American power house who pressures his ring opponents into defeat.

And his bull-like strength did completely overpower Paul Malignaggi, in four rounds, in April.

But Sheffield’s Brook, while respecting his Ohio-born rival, believes his skill-set possesses enough variety, craft and experience to overcome anything thrown at him.

The Grenoside man has watched clips of Porter, although he isn’t the type who normally feels the need to study an opponent in forensic detail.

“He is a brawler who can box as well, he has power and strength and comes forward with the mentality that he wants to go hunting” Brook told The Star.

“I imagine he won’t think about our fight in the same way he did Malignaggi: he had no respect for his power.

“He will probably be more cautious with me. But then again, you never know, he might try and throw me off by doing something completely different.

But whatever is needed to win, I’ll do it, if it is to be dogfight then fair enough I can and will do it.”

Brook, who has stopped his last four opponents, added: “I could box him on the outside and when he’s done with his combinations I can get straight back on him on the attack, so instead of him thinking he has got a breather coming I’ll be on him.

“I am 28 years old, the best time of my career and I’m unbeaten and I am used to winning. This is my time.”

Brook is an admirer of Porter’s general movement but adds a note of criticism: “Sometimes he almost falls over himself, he has that much aggression and gets excited. His timing is not as good as mine.”

A win in America would supercharge Brook’s global status, and may open the door to a domestic mega-clash with Amir Khan. The welterweight has described it as finding “the key to Fort Knox. Not just Amir Khan but international fights like Mayweather, Pacquiao. I think people in America and around the world will take note.”

First though Brook must conquer Porter at the StubHub Center, Carson. The away fighter will draw on his experiences in his last and only other bout in the US, a win over Puero Rican Luis Galarza in Atlantic City, in 2011. “Going over there, then, I learned how to acclimatise to everything, getting used to time-zone, how they do things a bit differently to England, and it didn’t cause me any problem fighting in a foreign country.

“I was on a big bill (Carl Froch v Andre Ward) and it went well for me (fifth round KO.) Once you look at the fighter in the opposite corner it doesn’t matter where you are - I could have been Sheffield Arena!”