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Brook vs Bizier: Challenger Kevin Bizier looking to make Kell Brook fight inside

Kevin Bizier knows he's got an uphill battle against hometown favorite Kell Brook on March 26, but says he's worked hard to execute the right plan.

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Kevin Bizier can't be concerned with whether or not people see him as a truly worthy challenger when he faces IBF welterweight titleholder Kell Brook on March 26. The Canadian fighter, who is the mandatory challenger for the belt, says he's got a plan to get inside and make Brook uncomfortable in his bid for an upset win in Sheffield, England.

Bizier (25-2, 17 KO) respects Brook's skills and power, and believes that forcing the fight into close quarters will give him the best shot to win:

"To win rounds and spoil Brook's party, I'll have to apply constant pressure to him and get in his face. I've worked a lot on my inside work as I cannot stay at the end of his jab. Brook is a big hitter who manages distance well, I'll have to get into the pocket. Boxing inside will give me a better chance to win."

The 31-year-old Bizier has won two straight fights since a 2014 loss to Jo Jo Dan, including a win over previously unbeaten Fredrick Lawson in the IBF eliminator last November. Brook (35-0, 24 KO) will be making the third defense of the belt he won from Shawn Porter in the summer of 2014.

In 2015, Brook beat Dan (RTD-4) and Frankie Gavin (TKO-6), but he'll have been out of the ring for 10 months by the time he fights Bizier. He and his team at Matchroom Boxing put a lot of effort into trying to secure a big money fight with Amir Khan, which went up in smoke when Khan signed to face Canelo Alvarez instead.

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