Ahead of Carson Jones clash, Kell Brook says he expects to be a world champion in the next year

Posted: June 29, 2012 in Interviews, News
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KELL Brook says he will be world champion within the next 12 months as the welterweight prepares to dispatch Carson Jones.

The pair meet on July 7 at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena, the site of Brook’s wide points victory against Matthew Hatton in March’s “War Of The Roses” encounter.

His clash against American Jones could be the final time he competes in the Steel City for some time as he chases world championship glory.

And while a division featuring  Floyd Mayweather, new WBO champion Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao is among the strongest in world boxing, the unbeaten Brook could gain entry into a most exclusive club by challenging IBF titlist Randall Bailey.

Bailey grabbed an unlikely portion of the world title by recording a surprise victory against Mike Jones.

First, he must earn that opportunity by overcoming Carson Jones, who holds a ranking (3) one place higher than Brook despite a less than stellar list of opponents.

That is of little interest to Brook, however, as he plots a path to the sport’s elite.

“The division is over flowing with great talent,” Brook told LincBoxing.  “I know that I’m not just within touching distance now, I am there on the top table.

“A year from now I expect to be a world champion and be in more big fights, but everything I am focused on at the moment is about Carson Jones. He is my biggest fight to date.

“I want whoever is the best out there, to be sharing the ring with these top names constantly.

“Jones is ranked higher than me, he’s been sparring Saul Alvarez at Big Bear, so he’ll be a threat.

“But the Steel City is my home and to be packing my local arena is very special. The atmosphere really helps and I love soaking it all up.”

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