New Year, New Me: Kell Brook Has Big Plans For 2020 Including Amir Khan

The Sheffield-fighter is currently gearing up to fight Marc DeLuca on February 8 in his hometown
15:00, 09 Jan 2020

Kell Brook has set out his ambitious plans to become a two-time World Champion ahead of his return to boxing against Marc DeLuca, having been out of the ring for over a year. 

Talking at his media workout at the 12x3 gym in Paddington, Kell said: "I want whoever holds a belt, I want to be a two-time World Champion this year. I want to be on everybody’s lips, ‘I can’t believe what this guy’s done. I can’t believe it. What’s happened? He’s the main man again'. That’s what I’m aiming for."

Despite this belief, the former IBF welterweight champion has also admitted that his boxing career would come to a definitive end if he were to lose to the American on February 8 at the Sheffield Arena.  

“If I lose this one I'm done. My career will be over.”

Brook has lost just twice across the impressive 40-fight career that saw him beat Shawn Porter for the IBF welterweight title in 2014 before he lost his perfect record, and his belt, to Gennady Golovkin in 2016. 

Having used 2019 as a chance to spend more time with his children and travel around the world, he is now ready for a return claiming that boxing is all that he has ever known. Although his focus is on beating DeLuca in February, the ongoing feud between himself and fellow British boxer Amir Khan continues to capture the imagination of the boxing public.

However, the 33-year-old is now unsure whether the Battle of Britain will ever materialise, putting the blame firmly in Khan’s corner. 

“Amir knows where I am, I’m here. If he wants to fight, it’s not hard to make. I’m not being awkward and the world knows that.

“He’s reluctant because we’re both British and with him saying how easy he can beat me, he wouldn’t be able to walk the streets knowing he’d been pasted all over the ring by me.

“He’s been saying for years that he will do this, that and other to me, so when I put him flat on his face he wouldn’t be able to walk around the streets. It would do him in.

He can lose to Americans, but losing to a Brit - given the history we’ve got - that’s going to hurt.

"That’s the major issue for him.”

Brook’s upcoming opponent DeLuca has just one loss to his name across 25 bouts although, like many American fighters, he is yet to have truly tested himself against the world’s best, with countryman Brandon Brewer the biggest name he has defeated. This will be his first fight in Europe and he will be hoping to not only cause a major upset but put an early end to Kell Brook’s comeback.