Kell Brook is being influenced by the wisdom of one of his heroes, Muhammad Ali, who passed away in June.
Sheffield’s welterweight world champion is taking on the biggest challenge in boxing this year by facing Gennady Golovkin, at London’s 02 Arena on September 10.
World class trainers like Freddie Roach and Adam Booth give Brook credit for going up 13 pounds to take on the Kazakh wrecking ball. But they don’t think he’ll succeed.
Booth says Triple G has “been hit by bigger, harder punchers [than Brook]. He doesn’t have the power to trouble Gennady - it’s probably going to be the biggest ask that anyone’s had.”
The South Yorkshireman training hard on the Atlantic Ocean island of Fuerteventura, won’t entertain any negative thoughts. Instead, he has gone on social media to recall the words of Ali: “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
Brook accompanied his tweet by saying he would be a two-time two weight world champion after beating the unbeaten GGG. His confidence is being aided by an excellent training camp in 30C heat, going on “killer” bike rides with Ingle stablemate Kid Galahad.
Golovkin, however, remains the favourite and the king of the 160 pound division says he is bringing the “fury and the thunder to the United Kingdom.”
A weekend Facebook post from him added: “22 KO streak. Just try to stop me.”
n Sheffield scrapper Lee Connelly is slated to take on unbeaten Glossop welterweight Adam Hague in Manchester, on September 2. The next big show in South Yorkshire comes a day after at Doncaster Dome, where Matthew Mallin and Adam Jones dispute the Central Area middleweight title and Steven Hale fights Josh Morgan for the Central Area lightweight title.