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BROOK IT IN Kell Brook says world title fight against Terence Crawford is ‘very close’ and he will ‘hurt’ undefeated American

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KELL BROOK says he can 'hurt' undefeated WBO welterweight champ Terence Crawford and a fight between the two is 'very close'.

The Brit last fought in February, when he defeated Mark DeLuca with a seventh-round stoppage.
And despite being constantly linked with a fight against countryman Amir Khan, it seems a title shot at Crawford is next.

The American famously stopped Khan in their fight in April last year.

But Brook is confident he can go one better than his big Brit rival and upset the odds against Crawford.

He told ESPN host Max Kellerman: "Terence Crawford is a hell of a fighter.

"He deserves to be top three pound-for-pound, but I know my ability, and I know what I can do.

"As I said, I would fight Terence Crawford in his backyard. Inside that squared circle is home for me.

“It doesn’t matter where the fight is. I’ve got the self-belief, I’m very strong, and I know what I can do in there.

"He boxed a guy, Ricky Burns, from England, that he couldn’t stop.
"He’s obviously grown and gotten a lot better, but believe you me, you’ll know when you see the fight, I can definitely hurt this guy 100 per cent.

“This is the biggest test. This is the fight that the fans need at this time with what’s going on in the world."

Brook has not fought in the 147lb division since losing the IBF title to Errol Spence Jr, 30, in 2017.

And despite three wins at light-middleweight, the 34-year-old is plotting a move back to welterweight to challenge WBO title holder Crawford.

Brook insisted that the fight was "very close", adding: "We’ve agreed to the date, and we’ve agreed to the venue. We’re prizefighters.

“All we need to do is settle the money out. I’ll do it live on air, and I’m ready to sign.

"I’m ready to go. ESPN, I’m ready to fly. You know that. Let’s do it."

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