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Kell Brook thinks he’ll KO Porter in 1st round on Saturday

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By Scott Gilfoid: It’s been 10 years since #1 IBF Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) turned pro and now after all that time he’ll be finally fighting for a world title for the first time in his career against IBF 147 pound champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

It’s a reasonable statement to stay that Brook has fought his share of fodder opposition while building up his impressive looking 32-0 record. But it seems that the wins over easy 2nd and 3rd tier opposition have Brook believing him capable of scoring an easy knockout on Saturday against Porter. In fact, Brook thinks he’ll KO Porter in the 1st round.

“I’ve got no doubts about the result,” Brook said via ESPN. “I think I can get a stoppage from round one. If I clip him, I’m going to finish him.”

This is what happens I guess when you get a fighter that has been fed one too many soft touches. When they finally get put in with a good opponent, as we see here with Brook facing his first quality opponent of his 10-year pro career, they believe themselves capable of destroying that fighter just like they’d been doing against the weak setup fights.

That’s why it’s never a good idea to have a fighter face nothing but fodder for 10 years, because you get them in a situation where they’re out of their league when they get moved up several levels for a big fight.

“I hit hard, harder than his previous opponents, and I will be looking for it,” Brook said. “They fancy Porter and just hearing them say I can’t win is all the extra motivation I need. I like to prove people wrong and they will be proved wrong.”

The reason why Brook is the underdog in this fight is because the odds-makers rate Porter’s talent as being better than his. It’s as simple as that. Brook obviously would like to prove people wrong, but it’s just not realistic. I mean, he can dream about wanting to get the victory, but the likely reality is that Brook is either going to be knocked out on Saturday or he’ll take a 12 round beating and end up getting thrashed by Porter.

Brook is talking about wanting to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr after the Porter fight. That’s not happening either. When I first heard that Brook was predicting a 1st round knockout for himself over Porter, I suspected Brook as being a little disengaged from reality. But with Brook now talking about a fight against Mayweather, I’m convinced that he’s not seeing things clearly. Somebody must be putting thoughts into Brooks’ head because the odds of him beating Porter and getting a Mayweather fight are fairly extreme.

Brook’s best chance of winning this fight is for him to go after Porter in the 1st round with both guns blazing and looking to get him into a firefight right off the bat. If he can get Porter into a war, then maybe, just maybe, Brook might catch him with something big and take him out. But if Brook fights in his usual methodical manner on the outside, he’s going to end up too punch drunk by the 5th round to mount any kind of comeback in the fight, and that’s if Brook is still standing at that point in the fight.

I suspect Brook won’t make it to the 5th. I think this is going to be another Porter vs. Paulie Malignaggi type of blowout for Porter with him battering Brook with shots for the first three rounds before halting him in the 4th.

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