Q&A: Brook looks to dazzle against Galarza in American debut
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Unbeaten British welterweight Kell “Special K” Brook will make his American debut on Saturday night opposite Luis Galarza, of Tennessee, on the undercard of the Showtimetime-televised main event featuring RING No. 9-rated pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward, of Oakland, Calif., in the Super Six Super Middleweight and RING championship bout opposite Carl Froch, of England, at Boardwalk Hall.
RINGTV.com conducted a Q&A with the 25-year-old Brook (25-0, 17 knockouts) at Friday’s pre-fight weigh-in at the Circus Maximus at Ceasar’s Hotel, where he weighed in at 148 pounds, half a pound more than Galarza (18-2, 14 KOs), whom he will meet in a 10-round bout.
The 27-year-old Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) is the WBA beltholder, and the 34-year-old Froch Froch (28-1, 20 KOs), the WBC titleholder. They are rated Nos. 1, and, 2 in their division.
Yet the brash Brook has vowed to steal the show.
Rated No. 6 by THE RING, Brook is coming off October’s sixth-round knockout of Poland’s Rafal Jackiewicz, who was rated No. 7 by THE RING at the time and who was stopped for the first time in his career.
Brook surged from No. 10 to his current ranking with the win over Jackiewicz, whose biggest triumph had been a split-decision over Germany’s former IBF beltholder Jan Zaveck (31-2, 18 KOs) in November of 2008 before losing their rematch by majority decision in a failed bid to earn the IBF belt in September of 2010.
In victory over Jackiewicz, Brook moved past unbeaten Philadelphian Mike Jones (26-0, 19 KOs), Zaveck, Germany’s unbeaten Selcuk Aydin (23-0, 17 KOs) and five-belt winner Shane Mosley, who are rated No. 7, 8, 9 and 10, respectively.
The ambitious Brook had been calling out English countryman and RING No. 3-rated junior welterweight Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) prior Khan’s being dethroned as IBF/WBA beltholder following last weekend’s split-decision loss to RING No. 2-rated counterpart Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs), of Washington, D.C.
RingTV.com: How does it feel to be preparing for your first fight in America?
Kell Brook: I’m very excited. As you can see, all of the British fans have come out here to support me and Carl, so, it’s a great atmospher here, and I can’t wait for Saturday night, man.
RingTV.com: You had been talking up a potential bout with Khan if he should rise into the welterweight division, so what are your thoughts now in light of what happened with Peterson last weekend?
Kell Brook: I thought that he was amateurish in some ways. He was not really throwing good shots. He was like a chicken in some stages, running around. But that’s irrelevant.
I think that our paths will cross and we will fight further down the line. I think that will happen later now, because he’s going to go for the rematch and stay at 140 for a bit.
But eventually, he will move up to 140, and I’m the biggest name for him there in Britain out there for him, and soon, I’m going to be the biggest 147-pound fighter in America as well.
RingTV.com: What sort of performance are you looking for on Saturday night?
Kell Brook: I want to look sensational. I want to knock someone out. I want to go out there and show the American public what I’m all about. I’m coming over here to make my American debut, and I’m looking to shine.
I’m looking to pop off for the public. I want to steal the show. I don’t want to be second-best. I want to razzle. I want to entertain and I want to do that come Saturday night.
RingTV.com: What fight would you want after this one if you are successful on Saturday night, and how far would you be away from a Manny Pacquiao-type of fight?
Kell Brook: I think that we’re going to have a big possibility of fighting in a big fight early next year. I think that we will definitely be fighting for a world title in 2012.
I will leave that to my team to make the big fights. When they put the fighters up, I’ll just knock them down. Whatever opponents available, I’ll just get in there with anyone.
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