Ingle: Brook aiming to emulate Naz

Phil Jay 07/08/2014

Kell Brook’s trainer Dominic Ingle has been running the rule over upcoming opponent Shawn Porter as the pair plot a smash and grab attempt to take the IBF title back to Sheffield in England.

The experienced coach believes Brook, 28, has what it takes to dethrone the American world champion on August 16 in California and hopes the Briton can fulfil his lifelong dream and following in the footsteps of Ingle Gym great Prince Naseem Hamed.

“No stone has been left unturned for this fight,” said Ingle. “Shawn Porter is a tough guy -he surprised a few people when he beat Devon Alexander -and we’re not taking him lightly. He’s a champion, we’re in the U.S. and we’re here to take the belt.

“I’ve known Kell since he was nine-years-old and the superstars like Naseem Hamed were rolling into the gym. That’s the motivation for Kell, that’s what Kell wants to do. He wants to be the next fighter from Sheffield and be a world champion like Naseem Hamed was.That’s a great motivation for Kell Brook and that’s what has gotten him through all the injuries.

“That’s what has kept him focused and that is what will make him win the fight on August 16,” he added.

Porter will be a tough nut for ‘The Special One’ to crack as ‘Showtime’ is undefeated and in the form of his life, although Brook’s career has gradually gathered pace to the point where he is now 32-0 with 22 stoppages.

Next week’s fight has all the ingredients needed to put the spotlight firmly on Carson’s StubHub Center as two fighters in the prime of their lives lay it all on the line for a potential crack at Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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