Brook: Porter is the key to Fort Knox, Khan and international fights

Phil Jay 31/07/2014

British welterweight contender Kell Brook is fully aware that he stands on the brink of something big when ‘The Special One’ challenges Shawn Porter for the IBF welterweight crown on August 16.

Brook has one final hurdle to overcome at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, and with the 147lb division being the most lucrative in the sport, the highly-ranked contender can ill-afford any slip-ups.

The 28 year-old from Sheffield has worked his way into the mandatory position for his shot at the talented American and knows victory could be catalyst for a huge domestic battle with Amir Khan in 2015.

“Of course, it’s a business and it (a fight with Khan) is in my mind. I know that this is the key to Fort Knox. It’s a business; it’s a match of money fights out there, not (just) Mr. Amir Kahn, but international fights,” emphasized Brook.

“I think people in America and around the world now will take note after beating Shawn Porter. I don’t think they’ll be surprised, I think that it is what it is. They’re going to see what Kell Brook can really do, and, in fact, everyone around the world is going to see why they do call me “The Special One” and you’re going to see me at my best.”

Confidence is high as Brook heads for the US this week, but asked if the carrot of possible fights with Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao were in his mind, the Yorkshireman wouldn’t be drawn on it.

“I don’t know (who would be next), and I think that if it came down to it, the team would decide what my next move will be. I just know that winning this fight puts me in line with all the elite fighters in the world of welterweights. I know (this much), I’ll be fighting a big name,” added Brook.

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