Welterweight titlist, and Cleveland/Akron native, Shawn ‘Showtime’ Porter worked out for the media on August 6 in preparation for his title fight against Britain’s Kell Brook on August 16.
“I always consider myself to be more at risk than anyone that I get into the ring with whether their 32-0 or 0-32. If they are 32-0 and beat me that means that I lost to a good fighter and that I’m not as good as everybody thought.
“If I lose to a fighter who is 0-32, then that means that I lost to a guy who never has won a fight and that I’m not as good as everybody thought. So, the risk is always high for me and my team. But we don’t focus on the risk; we focus on the reward
"I stay hungry because I know the feeling. I know what it takes to get to this position; I know the struggle along the way. It takes a lot of hard work and commitment.
"I'm not concerned about Kell Brook. Earlier today, people were asking me about his power, and I don't have much to say about that other than that I haven't seen anything on film that makes him different from anybody else.
"I believe that Brook will feel the added pressure in this being his first title fight. I handled it great. I welcomed it and loved it going into my first title fight. I'm not sure if he has the same personality to handle the extra pressure. I do know there will be a big crowd out there and I can't wait. The West Coast is hot and the crowd gets loud. I'm ready.
"This fight will be pure entertainment for the crowd, and I love to entertain the crowd and my fans. I have played this fight in my head thousands of different times from going the distance to me knocking him out with one punch.
"I don't know if he is the toughest opponent I've faced yet. His record (32-0) would say that he is, but if you take a look at the caliber of fighters that I've fought before him, I think the other guys are more challenging fighters, especially Devon Alexander, who has an awkward and complicated style. Not to call Kell Brook plain, but he has a more up-and-down style that will be easier to deal with.
"I've watched about six different fights on Brook, all the way back to as early as I could.
"There is no added pressure for me to win. The easy part is to make the adjustments and doing what I do. There is no added pressure. The fights in the past are in the past. For me it's on to bigger and better things so this fight has to be bigger and better. We had an excellent training camp and I am in the best shape of my life. With that being said, I believe this fight will be more spectacular."
Porter versus Brook will air on Showtime Championship Boxing on August 16.
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