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Kell Brook envisions special night against Shawn Porter

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An injury free Kell Brook is happy and excited ahead of his IBF welterweight world title shot against Shawn Porter at the famous StubHub Centre in Carson, California this Saturday.

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It has been a long and frustrating wait to reach the summit for the undefeated Sheffield stylist, who missed out on three scheduled dates with former champion, Devon Alexander, in the early part of 2013, due to injuries sustained by both boxers.

When Brook was forced to pull out of the Alexander bout for the second time, with a reported stress fracture in his foot, the 26-year-old Porter stepped in and snatched the title with a powerful and inspired performance.

Porter (24-0-1, 15KOs) then dispatched the normally durable Paulie Malignaggi within four rounds in his maiden title defence to garner the attention of the boxing world and put his name in the Mayweather sweepstakes.

The 28-year-old Brook (32-0, 22KOs), however, is an entirely different proposition to both Alexander and Malignaggi, who are both known more for their slippery styles as opposed to their punching prowess.

'The Special One' as Brook is known in the UK, possesses the ability to knock out any opponent, at any time, with either hand. He is extremely accurate with his punches and he has immaculate timing.

The way Porter rushed in on his previous two opponents could land him in big trouble if he employs the same tactics against his mandatory challenger, who is also a terrific counter puncher.

Having put the disappointment of missing his initial dream world title opportunity firmly behind him, Brook has trained meticulously and has left no stone unturned.

His training camp has been split between the iconic Ingle Gym in Sheffield, Fuerteventura and Las Vegas, and the Matchroom Boxing star is in a good place, both mentally and physically, ahead of the biggest night of his professional life.

Brook confident

"I'm happy and excited that I'm injury free. Training has gone superb - we've got the sparring done, the hard runs and training sessions are done - I go to bed early and I get up early. No messing," the confident Briton told IFL-TV's Kugan Cassius.

Despite the fact that Brook will be the underdog when he enters the ring in hostile territory, he has already envisioned winning the fight.

"I've been visualising the fight for months. I don't know if it's just me or if other fighters do it too," he added.

"My mind races on a night when I'm in bed and I go through the fight in my mind. Every time I think about it, I come out the winner."

A stunning victory for the visitor could catapult him into mega-money showdowns with the likes of Amir Khan, Keith Thurman, the aforementioned Alexander, Manny Pacquiao and, of course, the pound-for-pound king of the ring, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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