Kell Brook inspired by motivational speaker for Terence Crawford title clash

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staronline@reachplc.com (Chris McKenna)

Kell Brook is using inspiration from a former US Navy SEAL in a bid to shock American Terence Crawford.

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The Sheffield star is hoping to pull off one of the all-time great wins by a British fighter by beating the WBO welterweight champion in Las Vegas this weekend.

Brook, 34, is a huge underdog against Crawford, who is billed as one of the best boxers on the planet.

But he received a surprise FaceTime call from motivational speaker, ultra-marathon runner and former US Navy SEAL David Goggins last week while in training.

Kell Brook inspired by motivational speaker for Terence Crawford title clash
Kell Brook last fought back in February

“I had a FaceTime from him and he’s very inspirational,” said Brook.

“Just hearing his voice and seeing him there was enough for me.

“He was just saying to me to forget all the doubters and just push on.

“He was telling me I could do it.

“There’s no ceiling, there’s no bar, you can go through anything and do whatever you want to do. That’s the frame of mind I’m in.

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David Goggins is now an ultra-marathon runner who inspires millions with his speeches and books

“He was out running and my friend caught up with him and put him on the phone.

“He stopped for two minutes and had a quick little debrief with me about everything positive. It was how he normally goes off in military style. What a morning that was for me.”

Brook is as wide as 9/1 to become the a two-time welterweight world champion and hand Crawford his first defeat.

It would go alongside Tyson Fury’s victory over Wladimir Klitschko and Lloyd Honeyghan’s win over Don Curry and John H Stracey beating Jose Napoles as the biggest wins abroad by a Brit.

“I know the odds are against me and that motivates me,”said Brook, who has lost twice to Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jnr in 41 pro fights.

“All the pressure is on Terence Crawford. I’m there now and I’m motivated. It’s not like I’m in for a payday, I’m in for greatness.

“I’m in to make history, become a two-weight world champion and bring it back to Britain.

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“I think you’d have to put this one up there. It has to be right up there.

“Because of what I’ve been through and because everybody is writing me off. Nobody is giving me a chance in this fight. You have to put it up there.”

Terence Crawford is the unbeaten three-weight world champion considered one of the best fighters in the world

Brook, who had metal plates inserted into his face to repair broken orbital bones suffered in his two career defeats, also has not fought at welterweight since he lost to Spence Jnr in 2017.

But he is confident he won’t have any trouble with the scales to make 10st 7lb tomorrow night in Las Vegas.

Brook added: “It’s not going to kill me to do it.

“In fact, I think it’s one of the easiest I’ve ever made welterweight and I’ve not made it for three years.

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Kell Brook lands a jab on Mark DeLuca during their clash this year

“I’ve always struggled with the weight, ballooning up in between fights and not ever learning.

“I remember Ricky Hatton always saying to me if he ever went back and did it all over again, he would never let his weight balloon up like it did.

“I’m no Ricky Fatton and for the last couple of fights I haven’t ballooned up, my weight has stabilised so I’ve been able to fuel myself for every training session instead of operating on minimal calories.”


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