I’ll prove I’m best on the planet – Brook

The Herald - Herald Sport - - BOXING - MARK STAN­I­FORTH

KELL BROOK is de­ter­mined to make up for lost time when he makes the third de­fence of his IBF wel­ter­weight ti­tle against Cana­dian Kevin Bizier in his home city of Sh­effield tonight.

Brook has been out of ac­tion since May last year af­ter suf­fer­ing a bro­ken rib shortly af­ter a rou­tine win over do­mes­tic ri­val Frankie Gavin, and wants to use the Bizier fight to re-stamp his au­thor­ity on the 147lb divi­sion.

Brook said: “I be­lieve I’m the best wel­ter­weight on the planet and I need to go out there and prove that I’m ready for the re­ally big fights ahead.

“I al­ways rise to the oc­ca­sion and I al­ways find a way. On Satur­day I’m ready for an old-fash­ioned war and I’m in­tent on ex­cit­ing ev­ery­body who turns up to see the show.”

Brook shocked Amer­i­can Shawn Porter to win the ti­tle in Au­gust 2014, but then en­dured more than a year on the side­lines as he re­cu­per­ated from se­ri­ous in­juries sus­tained in a stab­bing in­ci­dent in Tener­ife.

A rou­tine win over Ro­ma­nian Jo Jo Dan fol­lowed be­fore the low-key win over Gavin, and Brook is fan­cied to get the job done with the min­i­mum of fuss against manda­tory chal­lenger Bizier.

Bizier has won 25 of his 27 fights, but has been beaten twice by Dan, both via split de­ci­sions in 2013 and 2014.

Nev­er­the­less, Brook in­sists he will be any­thing but com­pla­cent, adding: “I know Bizier is a strong, come-for­ward fighter and it is about work­ing hard to try and break his heart. “Camp has gone un­be­liev­ably well.” Mean­while, fur­ther down tonight’s card, Luke Camp­bell takes on Dews­bury’s all-ac­tion Gary Sykes.

Camp­bell hopes the sac­ri­fice of mov­ing him­self away from his young fam­ily will help him shrug off the pain of his first pro­fes­sional de­feat and claim the Com­mon­wealth light­weight ti­tle.

Camp­bell tore him­self away from his home city of Hull in the wake of his shock loss to French­man Yvan Mendy in De­cem­ber and joined new trainer Jorge Ru­bio in Florida.

The 28-year-old said: “I’m a fam­ily man – all I do is train and be with my fam­ily – so for me to go away for seven weeks was re­ally hard, but the sac­ri­fices I have made have re­ally pushed me.”

PUMPED UP: Kell Brook dur­ing the weigh-in at the Win­ter Gar­dens in his home city of Sh­effield

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