If there was any lingering doubt as to whether Kell Brook would be able to move up two weight divisions for his mega fight then this image should dispel those concerns.
With his added bulk, the unbeaten Sheffield fighter looks in impressive shape ahead of his meeting with feared WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his belts at the O2 next Saturday.
Posing during a training session, Brook flexed and roared at the camera, posting the image to Instagram with the caption: ‘Week out… Let’s get it… #WarReady.’
A natural welterweight, Brook is the IBF champion in that division – and has the unenviable task of trying to beat the heavy-handed Kazakhstan, who has knocked-out 32 of his 35 opponents. No-one has gone the distance with him since 2008.
Brook boldly stepped forward to accept the challenge, after negotiations between Golovkin and Chris Eubank Jr fell through and although ‘Triple G’ is the strong favourite, the Brit was confident of the task at hand.
‘This is my dream. No British fighter in history has got a win like this one. Every single day I’m pushing myself to get this win. I’m very confident and I’m big, strong and heavy. I’m ready to rip into Golovkin.
‘I will find a way to win. These fighters who’ve been in with him have already lost before they went in. I’ve faced death in the face and this is fun to me.’
Should Brook claim easily the biggest scalp on his resume, he would have surpassed the efforts of rival Amir Khan, who himself moved up to middleweight, but was viciously seen off by Canelo Alvarez back in May.
Callum and Paul Smith, Gavin McDonnell and Kid Galahad have all been confirmed on the under-card for the sold-out show in London which will be live on Sky Box Office.