KELL BROOK believes running away from the bright lights and late nights of Sheffield will help crown him king of sin city Las Vegas.
The 34-year-old aims to become a two-time welterweight world champion by beating WBO boss and pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford on Saturday.
The former IBF champ admits – much like working-class Manchester hero Ricky Hatton – he has enjoyed hero status at home a bit too much in between fights.
But slimline father-of-three Brook has dedicated himself like never before for his shot at the 36-0 three-weight champion and vows there will be no hangovers on Sunday morning.
The 39-2 ace said: “People have been writing me off and saying this is an easy fight for Terence.
“But I have taken myself away from my missus, my daughters, all of my family to get ready for this and push myself in training camp.
"I have no excuses. There will be no excuses.
“At home in Sheffield there are plenty of distractions and sometimes I only start tightening up things too late and too close to a fight.
"This time, for Terence, I took myself away as soon as I knew this fight was on so I could knuckle down.
"I have only done it to myself to be great.
"My mindset is just focused on the job and being positive now because of how I feel now compared to how I have felt before previous fights.
"Terence is getting the best version of me, ever.”
Brook split with life-long trainer Dominic Ingle and long-term promoter Eddie Hearn for this showdown, helping him keep the lion’s share of his £1.75m windfall.
The ruthless moves cost him his broadcast partnership with Sky Sports and a few friends.
But he hopes to leave his new frenemies with egg on their faces.
He said: “I am disappointed that the TV coverage isn’t what it should be in the UK, I have been with Sky Sports for years, they have seen me become a world champion and star in thrillers.
“I can see certain people doubting me and calling me out, people I know as well.
“And they are the people making me want to push on and do an extra round in training and do a little bit more in every session, because I can’t wait to see them after the fight.
“I cannot wait to see them when I am crowned champion of the world again.”
Crawford is a brilliant switch-hitting fighter, compared to Sugar Ray Leonard by legendary promoter Bob Arum.
The Nebraska ace travelled to Glasgow to dominate the fighting pride of Scotland, Ricky Burns, in 2014 and he battered Amir Khan into submission in New York last year.
And Brook believes a shock win – as unlikely as 8-1 with most bookies – would top the list of most iconic wins by Brits abroad, surpassing even Lloyd Honeyghan over Donald Curry and Lennox Lewis vanquishing Evander Holyfield.
Brook said: “I think this win would be No1 on that list.
“Because of what I have been through and because Terence is not just a world champion but the fighter everyone considers to be pound-for-pound No1.
“But I have done this all my life, this is what I was born to do.”
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