IBF welterweight champion ‘Showtime’ Shawn Porter has warned mandatory challenger Kell Brook: "I’m better than you at everything!
The pair will meet on August 16 at the world-renowned StubHub Center in California, with Porter’s IBF strap on the line.
Porter won the title with a decision victory over Devon Alexander last year before defending in style against Paulie Malignaggi.
Brook has had to wait over a year for his shot as three proposed bouts with Alexander all fell through due to injuries; twice to Brook and once to the American.
Ahead of their hotly anticipated showdown, the champion had some choice words for the challenger, stating in a press release ahead of the bout: “I think I have the edge on Brook with everything. I’m faster than he is, stronger than he is, more athletic, and if you put that all in one fight, I’m going to be the winner.”
Brook shows supreme confidence
Expectedly, the Englishman also believes he is destined to leave foreign climbs a world champion next month, insisting: “I’m confident I’m going to win. I’m planning on bringing Porter’s belt back to the UK.
“I am fitter than ever and ready to go. I have been in training for a long time, so August 16 it’s the perfect date for me.”
The two fighters have had severely contrasting lead-ups until the fight in a month’s time.
Tough one to call
Porter’s blowout of Malignaggi was devastating and announced his arrival on the world scene in style. Many expected the veteran to give Porter a tough night, but he was downed twice before a fourth round stoppage. Malignaggi admitted to suffering concussions a number of weeks after the fight, such as the severity of the beating.
A fourth round knockout of Brook’s own against Ricky Hatton conqueror Vyacheslav Senchenko was the Sheffield man’s last creditable win, all the way back in October of last year. That bout confirmed his mandatory status and he his only other bout since was against Mexican Alvaro Robles, who he despatched in eight at the Echo Arena.
One to watch
There is also British interest further down the bill in the shape of Sakio Bika, who defends his WBC super-middleweight crown against Anthony Dirrell in a rematch.
The winner of that bout could be in line to face George Groves, who fights in a final WBC eliminator against Chrisopher Rebrasse at Wembley Arena. Bika has also stated his interest in a huge unification clash against Carl Froch.
A full undercard has yet to be announced, though it is widely expected that Eddie Hearn will find room for a number of his starlets to get their first taste of boxing on American soil.
Hearn has already stated an interest in showcasing unbeaten super-middleweight Callum Smith in a lucrative new market, but nothing has been formalised at this stage.
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