Hand of Kell! Brook ready to punish Argentine Saldivia in final eliminator
10:57 GMT, 16 October 2012
Kell Brook has promised to avenge Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal against England in 1986 by punishing Argentina's Hector Saldivia in Sheffield on Saturday.
The 26-year-old hopes to take the final step towards a world title fight when he faces Saldivia in the IBF welterweight final eliminator.
And Brook has called on the Steel City to give him a helping hand during what he expects to be his toughest fight to date.
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Payback: Brook hopes to avenge Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal
Brook said: 'This is going to be the toughest fight of my career. Saldivia is a dangerous opponent and I really need my fans to get behind me. Their support can spur me on to that title shot.
'There’s a strong sporting rivalry between England and Argentina, and I’m going to do my bit to settle an old score. I hope the nation gets behind me this weekend.'
Brook will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to 29 fights against Saldivia who boasts a record of 41 wins from 43 bouts, including 32 knockouts.
Raring to go: Kell Brook (left) takes on Hector Saldivia on Saturday
And the Sheffield man is calling on his supporters to send messages of support via Twitter using the hashtag #HandOfKell.
The most inspirational ones will be printed onto a limited edition set of gloves which will be awarded to the person who tweets the most inspirational message.