Kell Brook is convinced an emphatic victory over Vyacheslav Senchenko in Sheffield on Saturday night will confirm his status as one of the biggest names in the welterweight division.
A world title shot has been long in coming for Brook, who had three prospective bouts against IBF champion Devon Alexander postponed earlier this year, but has now been installed as mandatory challenger.
But Brook believes he will underline his credentials if he does an impressive job on the Ukrainian, who sent Ricky Hatton into retirement with a shock ninth-round knockout win in Manchester a year ago.
"I need to make a statement - it's going to be an epic night," said Brook.
"We didn't need this fight. I'm number one for the IBF title but (promoter) Eddie Hearn put the fight in front of me and I wanted to take it.
"I've put the miles in on the road and taken myself out of my comfort zone.
"I left my partner and my little girl at home and moved in over the road from the Wincobank gym, so I've trained very hard and I've taken this very, very seriously."
Alexander is due to defend his title against fellow American Shawn Porter in Texas next month after a projected defence against Amir Khan fell through.
Sheffield's unbeaten welterweight Kell Brook is still targeting an all-British showdown against Amir Khan. Today Brook paraded his skills in an open training session at Meadowhall, ahead of his upcoming fight against the Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Sheffield Arena a week on Saturday.
Brook is still the mandatory challenger for the IBF world title, and he knows that he can't afford any mistakes against a former WBA world champion, if he wants to take on Khan some time next year.
Kell Brook is showcasing his skills at Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield this afternoon, as he continues his preparations for his Welterweight showdown with Vyacheslav Senchenko on October 26 at the city's Motorpoint Arena.
Sheffield boxer Kell Brook says his upcoming fight against Ukranian Vyacheslav Senchenko will his toughest to date.
Kell, who's still the mandatory challenger for a world title shot, will face the man who effectively ended Ricky Hatton's professional career last year at the Sheffield Arena next month. Still unbeaten, Brook says he's overcome the injury's that thwarted his shot at a world title earlier this year.
Sheffield welterweight Kell Brook will return to his home city in October to face the man who ended Ricky Hatton's career. The unbeaten 27-year-old will face Vyacheslav Senchenko on October 26 at Sheffield Arena.
After missing out on a World title fight against IBF Champion Devon Alexander through injury, Brook returned to action with an impressive win over Carson Jones in Hull two weeks ago. Ukrainian veteran Senchenko has lost just one of his 33 fights.
Sheffield's Kell Brook will return to action with a rematch against the dangerous American Carson Jones on July the 13th in Hull.
The unbeaten welterweight should have been fighting Devon Alexander for the IBF world title in the US this weekend, but had to pull out with an ankle injury.
Instead he now faces a a difficult fight against Jones, who ran him close in a brutal battle in Sheffield last summer. But another victory would leave him well placed to secure another world title fight - possibly in December.
Also on the same bill at Hull KR's Craven Park is Olympic Gold Medallist Luke Campbell's eagerly awaited professional debut, while Hull lightweight Tommy Coyle clashes with Derry Mathews for the Commonwealth title.
“This is going to be a special night for Hull and a massive night for British boxing,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.
Tickets go on sale on Monday.
Kell Brook will challenge reigning champion Devon Alexander for the IBF crown at the Masonic Theatre in Detroit on February 23
The announcement was made at a news conference in Sheffield, where he spoke to our sports correspondent John Shires.
Boxing news - and Sheffield welterweight star Kell Brook's dream of becoming a world champion has been put on hold after he suffered an ankle injury in training. , boxing,
The unbeaten 26 year old was due to fight the IBF champion Devon Alexander in Los Angeles next month. But his promotor Eddie Hearn has requested a one month postponement, which means the fight will now probably take place in February.
Sheffield's unbeaten welterweight boxer Kell Brook is set for a world title shot against IBF champion Devon Alexander in the USA in January. That means that his much anticipated all-British encounter with Amir Khan will have to be put to one side, for now at least.
Kell earned the right for a shot at the title after defeating Hector Saldivia at the Motorpoint Arena last month. His promoter Eddie Hearn hopes the fight will take place on January 19th in either Las Vegas or New York.