Kell Brook’s bold declaration ahead of fight against unbeaten Terence Crawford

Kell Brook claims beating pound-for-pound contender Terence Crawford would rank as one of the best ever wins by a Brit.

Brook challenges the unbeaten Crawford for his WBO welterweight title in The Bubble at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday.

He is a massive underdog against the three-weight world champ and he suffered a fractured eye socket in his last fight at 147 in 2017 when he lost his IBF welterweight title to Errol Spence Junior.

“You’d have to put this up there if I won,” said Brook.

“This guy is arguably the best fighter in the world, I’ve not made welterweight for so many years, I’ve had my eyes injuries and my losses, everybody is saying I’m washed up.

“Everybody is writing me off, so for me to go out there and put on the performance needed to capture that world title, I think you’d have to put that right up there, you’d have to.”

Brook, 34, who has been campaigning at 154 since losing to Spence, is taking inspiration from Joe Calzaghe’s punch-perfect win over Jeff Lacy in 2006.

Calzaghe upset the odds to batter the previously-unbeaten Lacy for 12 rounds to unify the WBO and IBF super-middleweight belts.

“Look at Jeff Lacy against Joe Calzaghe,” said Brook. “That’s the one that springs to mind for me, how Joe went out and dominated that fight. That’s what I’m looking for.

“There’s no pressure on me, all the pressure is on Terence Crawford.

“I’m not in it for one last payday, I’m in it for greatness. I’m in it to make history, to become a two-time world champion.”

Brook has dispensed with his usual trainer Dominic Ingle to go with unknown Spaniard Carlos Formento, whom he found on Facebook.

Brook claimed Ingle could not travel because of the coronavirus and Formento is a strange choice for such a huge fight.

“It’s a big change, but we’re in a very strange time for the world with Covid so you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” said the Sheffield fighter.

Brook says he and Formento have worked well and that he has made welterweight easy despite struggling in the past.

“It’s not killing me to do it,” he said. “I haven’t ballooned up in weight between fights like I did before. In fact, this is one of the easiest times I’ve ever made welterweight.”

  • Crawford v Brook is on Premier Sports 1 via Sky and Virgin TV. See www.premiersports.com for more details.

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