Kell Brook was able to make his dream of becoming a world champion come true, by beating Shawn Porter in their championship match August 16 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
For Brook, this opportunity at a world title was a long time coming. Three times he was scheduled to challenge then-IBF welterweight world champion Devon Alexander and three times a fight was cancelled due to injuries to both boxers.
Injury-free, confident and determined to make the most of his shot on Saturday, Brook fought perhaps the fight of his life.
“You can tell how much it means to me by my reaction,'' said Brook, who was cut over the left eye in the second round. “I've been dreaming about this moment since I was nine-years old. It's unbelievable.
“I was scrappy tonight, and not as slick as I wanted to be. But I'm the world champion now, baby. I was born to do this.
“I'm ready for a mega, mega fight next. I'll take on Keith Thurman or Floyd Mayweather. Amir Khan should get in queue now. I'm the world champion now so they're all going to want to fight me.”