Promoter Eddie Hearn confident Kell Brook will be crowned world champion in August
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 03/07/14 11:39pm
Promoter Eddie Hearn expects Kell Brook to rip away Shawn Porter’s world title with a stunning knockout win after their welterweight clash was finally confirmed.
The Sheffield fighter has been forced to wait for his shot at a world title, but Porter has now agreed to put his belt on the line at the StubHub Center in California on August 16th.
Injuries prevented Brook from facing Devon Alexander, the previous IBF champion, and there were fears the fight would be pushed back from an original date in August to September.
But Hearn is delighted that ‘Special K’ will get his chance to shine on the world stage and believes he will take Porter’s belt with a stoppage triumph.
He told Sky Sports: “We were told a few things. September 6th was the previous date we were given, August 9th was the first date and then I got an email from Golden Boy (Porter's promoters) to say we’re moving it to August 16th at the StubHub Center in California.
“It’s good news for Kell, because he’s been training for six or seven weeks already.
“The extra delay of September 6th wasn’t the best news for us and now it’s brought forward by three weeks.
“Perfect, he’s ready to go. It’s a great arena, formerly the Home Depot Center - Oscar De La Hoya has fought there many times - it’s open air. I can’t wait.
Brook will head out to Los Angeles up to four weeks before the fight as part of his stringent training camp.
In Porter, he faces a fellow unbeaten fighter, and the American sent out a chilling warning to his rivals with a fourth-round knockout win over Paulie Malignaggi.
But Brook packs plenty of firepower himself, with 22 stoppages in 32 wins, and Hearn insists the champion will fall before the final bell.
“He’s in a great place physically and mentally, and I’m very confident about this fight,” said Hearn.
I just feel like he’s going to be too big and strong for Porter. I know Porter is big himself and looked devastating against Paulie Malignaggi, but I just feel like it’s Kell Brook’s time.
“I just feel like he’s going to be too big and strong for Porter. I know Porter is big himself and looked devastating against Paulie Malignaggi, but I just feel like it’s Kell Brook’s time.
“I feel like he’s got so many more gears to give and levels to go, and mentally and physically he’s in such a good place. His weight is perfect.
“Porter is very confident at the moment, but when he feels Kell’s power I think it’s going to be a different story and I can’t see Porter lasting the 12 rounds.”
Victory over Porter, in front of an American audience, will pave the way for some big-name fights in the sport’s hottest division, including the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
One rival lies closer to home in Amir Khan, who has called for a battle in Britain. Hearn claims the clamour for this fight will be huge if Brook returns home from the United States a world champion.
“I think that once Kell beats Porter, the public demand for Brook-Khan will be so big it will be impossible for Khan not to take the fight,” he said.