Forge Master Kell

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KELL BROOK wants to thrill his fast-growing Sheffield public again, on Saturday night.

In June, his supporters sold out Hillsborough Leisure Centre as he beat Lovemore N’Dou on points in a gruelling 12-rounder.

On Saturday, he is moving to a bigger venue, Ponds Forge, to accommodate even more fans.

“People who went to the N’Dou fight were buzzing afterwards and seemed to have told their friends and they want to come - we’ve sold touching 2,000 and we’ll pack that place out now. Hopefully, it won’t be long before I can pack out Sheffield Arena, too.”

If Brook beats Rafal Jackiewicz that might be an option, as he hopes his promoters, Matchroom, can deliver him a WBA title fight or another title in the notoriously difficult welterweight division.

“The main thing about Saturday is to win and look good,” said Brook, also mindful of the TV audience and the general image he wants to convey across the sport. The 25 year old is under pressure to perform well - he is constantly being touted as Britain’s next world champion.

“All of my life I have had pressure,” he said. “Sky Sports are hitting on me because they want me to be a pay-per-view star.

“This sort of pressure comes with the job - it is when you don’t have people and the press talking about you that you should worry.”

Trainer Dominic Ingle believes Brook is ready to achieve his potential: “He has reached a stage in his life now where he is disciplined and, with Matchroom, he knows where his career is going.

“To finish Jackiewicz off early would be a great achievement, but I can see it going to a late stoppage or points.

“A while ago, Kell was a talented fighter who felt at the back of the queue, when it came to big fights being handed out.

“But now he is on the way to a world title.”

Ideally, Ingle would like to see him facing Ukraine’s Viacheslav Senchenko. But the trainer would want to lure the WBA champion to England, rather than fighting there.

If that can’t be done, Ingle says a match up with the IBF champion, Andre Berto of the United States, would be another crowd and TV pleaser.