IBF welterweight champion, Kell Brook (35-0, 24KOs), knows his mandatory challenger, Kevin Bizier (25-2, 17KOs), is keen to walk away from their contest as a champion. However, Brook is determined to break both Bizier’s heart and his bones when the pair clash on Saturday at the Sheffield Arena.
Brook, who himself won his title as a mandatory challenger, has been out of action for nearly a year and is keen to get back in the ring.
A rib injury forced Brook to withdraw from a title defence against Diego Chaves in November, and while many are focusing potential opponents for a big fight this summer, Kell is only concerned with the task at hand.
“You cannot take your eye off the ball,” said, Brook. “Kevin is the mandatory challenger, he’s worked hard to get that shot, and he deserves it. If I had looked past him and cut corners, you get found out. This is my belt; no-one is taking it from me, and I have to be at my best. It’s all well and good saying that I want the big names but without putting on an explosive masterclass against Bizier I won’t get those fights.
“This is my hometown, my arena, and my fans – no-one packs an Arena like I do here with these great fans, and I am going to make sure that my return to this place is going to be stylish. He’s getting in with the best, and he’s got his work cut-out.
“The IBF don’t mess about; you have to take your mandatory challengers and rightly so – that’s how I won this belt. I got injured with the leg in the knife attack, so I had to fight Jo Jo Dan then I boxed Frankie Gavin at The O2 in a voluntary. He’d wanted the fight for a while, so we got it on in a great night in London. Chaves was meant to be next, and that would’ve been a tough fight, but the injury means anther mandatory. So opponent-wise, it’s been hard, but I want a unification fight next or something similarly huge to get people into a stadium watching me fight.
“I’m desperate to have an old fashioned war on Saturday. Kevin is a strong come-forward fighter, and I want to excite everyone who comes on Saturday with a war. I’m so excited to get in there in front of my fans. I just want to get weighed-in, get fed, and then get to work.
“My mind has been on the job in hand for months and months; Saturday night is about breaking Kevin Bizier’s heart and his bones.
“I have to prove that I am the champion. I have to look good in the fight; I believe I’m the best on the planet and it’s time to prove that. I’m 30 this year; I want to show people that I am the best and I am ready to have massive fights once I take care of business.”
Brook’s clash with Bizier is part of a huge night of boxing in Sheffield as Hull’s Olympic gold medal star Luke Campbell MBE returns to action in a Yorkshire derby with Dewsbury’s Gary Sykes for the vacant Commonwealth Lightweight title.
Also on the undercard; Adam Etches is back in action, Dave Allen faces Jason Gavern and Andy Townend meets Craig Poxton for the English super-featherweight title.
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