Kell Brook is feeling ‘ready to tear somebody up’ as he prepares to make his return to action this weekend.
Brook defends his IBF welterweight title in his native Sheffield against Canada’s mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier on Saturday in what is the former’s first fight since May.
In October he was forced to pull out of a bout with Argentinian Diego Chaves due to a rib injury.
And Brook told Sky Sports News at a public work-out at Sheffield’s Winter Gardens on Tuesday: ‘He (Bizier) is going to be hungry.
‘He has come over from Canada and is hungry for that world title. Every fighter’s dream is to fight and win a world title.
‘So believe me – it is a world championship match-up and will be very competitive.
‘But I’ve been training for a long, long time.
‘I’m hungry, and I’m ready to tear somebody up. Saturday night can’t come quick enough now, I’m really excited.’
Asked how frustrating the last 10 months had been, the 29-year-old said: ‘Frustrating is not the word.
‘Seeing all the elite fighters fight – I want a piece of that. I’m world champion and I just want to be in those cracking fights, those really exciting, competitive fights.
‘On Saturday night I’m going to take care of Kevin Bizier, get that done and then (promoter) Eddie Hearn is going to have something real big in line in the summer for us.’
Given 31-year-old Bizier (25-2 17KO wins) has twice lost to Jo Jo Dan, who was stopped by the undefeated Brook (35-0, 24KO wins) in four rounds last year, Saturday’s contest is widely expected to be a straightforward assignment for the Briton.
And Brook admits thoughts of what could come after Bizier are on his mind.
After plenty of talk about it, an agreement over a showdown with Amir Khan has failed to materialise.
But Hearn has been quoted as mentioning WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia and WBO king Jessie Vargas as possibilities, and suggesting the winner of Manny Pacquiao’s April clash with Timothy Bradley could also be an option.
Brook said: ‘My eyes are always going to be open and I’m in that mix now – if you want them big fights and titles, those big mega-fights, you have got to get involved with me.
‘We are going to get something real big in the summer.’