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Kell Brook claims he could retire after his showdown with Terence Crawford regardless of the outcome.
Brook challenges WBO welterweight king Crawford in The Bubble at the Las Vegas MGM Grand early tomorrow morning and says he would have nothing left to prove if he beat the pound-for-pound contender.
He also says he would consider his future if he lost because he has put everything into this fight against the undefeated three-division world champ.
“I could happily retire, knowing I’ve beaten the best,” said Brook, who has had 41 fights in his 16-year pro career. “What else do you want from me? I’d have beaten the king of boxing.
Brook has a professional record of 39 wins and two losses
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“If I don’t win I would have to sit down with my family because I know I’ve done everything asked of me.
“So if I get beat by the better man, I’ve got to sit down with my family and think what do I do next.”
Brook, 34, is a huge underdog against Crawford and this clash, which will earn him one of his best purses of £1.5million, has probably come four or five years too late.
Replacing trainer Dominic Ingle with the unknown Carlos Formento has not helped his slim chances and he has not fought at 147 since losing his IBF crown to Errol Spence Junior in May 2017.
Crawford has won all of his 36 professional bouts, most recently against Lithuanian Kavaliauskas
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Yet Brook is bullish and insists he will do better than his rival Amir Khan did last year when he was pulled out by his corner after taking a painful low blow from Crawford.
“I feel he was looking for a way out,” said Brook, who claims he is still interested in a fight with Khan. “He didn’t give value to the fans.
“I won’t be like that. I know I’ve got to be the best I’ve ever been to beat Terence Crawford and I believe I can get the job done.”
Crawford defeated Khan via sixth-round TKO in April last year
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Brook refuses to be intimidated by Crawford and claims the American is over-rated.
“He’s very, very good, but I think they’re getting carried away with him,” he said. “I don’t believe the hype. He’s got to show me why he’s ranked pound for pound because I don’t believe he is what they say he is.”
Brook will fulfil a career-long ambition when he fights at the iconic MGM Grand and his only disappointment is that no fans will be present.
“This is what fighters dream about,” he said. “I’ve dreamt about it since I was nine and to see my name up in lights in Las Vegas is what dreams are made of.
“I would have loved the fans to be there. I draw strength from them, but it’s going to be the same for him.”
Crawford v Brook is on Premier Sports 1 via Sky and Virgin TV.