IBF Welterweight Champion, Kell Brook, and number one contender, Errol Spence Jr. held their final press conference today just 48 hours before the pair will square off at Bramall Lane in Sheffield.
Both fighters will see their dreams become a realisation on Saturday; with Brook fighting at Bramall Lane, the home of the football club he supports — Sheffield United; and Spence getting his first chance to land a world title.
While Brook is well aware of the threat posed by Spence he is determined to hand the young American his first defeat.
“I’m just going to do what I do best, just turn up,” Brook said. “I know Errol Spence is one hell of a contender. I respect him. But I’m fighting at home in front of my people. I’m going to draw energy from everyone who is watching the fight here and give him his first defeat.
“There is a lot on the line. I’ve made sure I’ve covered every angle at this point.”
Brook moved up to 160lbs for his last contest in order to face Gennady Golovkin, and with the Sheffield star already pushing himself to limit in order to make 147lbs in previous contests, many pundits have questioned Brook’s ability to make weight for the highly anticipated welterweight showdown with Spence.
The bookmakers have Brook a taken a similar stance to the pundits, and placed the defending champion as the underdog going into the contest.
Such negativity, however, has not dented Brook’s confidence, and the champion is not prepared to let go of his title just yet.
“I’ve got faith in me, in my team. My nutrition is great. My team wanted me to move up [in weight] but I’m a stubborn guy and the fight — there was no way I was not going to take it,” Brook said with confidence. “It’s my title. I’m going to defend it. It took me my whole career to take the title. I’m passionate about it, this belt belongs with me.”
The question remains, is this a step too far for Brook? Should he have moved up to 154lbs instead of facing Spence — a young, hungry Lion? Brook’s answer — a resounding NO.
“This is boxing. I love a challenge, that’s why I’m fighting the best in the division. I’ve proven these guys wrong before, and I’m going do it again.
“[Spence] is an excellent peer and a very good fighter. It’s just going to be another day in the office for me.
“I think there’s going to be a lot of drama in the fight; we will both maybe hit the canvas. The fans are in for a fantastic night.”