Going into the fight on the back of a loss is unchartered territory for Brook, but in the build-up all week he has had the air of a man for whom the confidence has returned.
The pair met in an all-Rotherham derby in Sheffield, exclusively live on Sky Sports, as part of the undercard to Kell Brook's return against Sergey Rabchenko for the vacant WBC Silver super-welterweight title.
Though world title are definitely in his sights, there does remain one mega-fight still surely on the horizon before Brook's final hoorah: Amir Khan.
Brook has lost his last two fights, both by knockout, having been beaten by undefeated middleweight Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr, who took the Brit's IBF welterweight crown.
"I want to be a two-weight World champion", said Brook, who scaled 10st 13lbs 7oz - three ounces heavier than Rabchenko.
"I've never been satisfied winning one world title".
Brook recently admitted to ESPN that he thought about quitting boxing during a battle with depression that followed his defeat to Spence, but he is raring to go at his new weight, believing that he is perfectly suited to the super-welterweight division. Even when I was a teenager, I always wanted to move up the weights and win belts as I grow. "We have seen it in the past as well and after two years out, I just can't see the boy from Bolton doing what I can see Brook doing". It's Brook's first appearance at super welterweight.
"I love beating the odds and getting in there and performing". I know that I've got a lot left in me, people are right to question what I've got left and how I am going to be after the injuries and the defeats.
"I was going to say this would be a genuine 50-50, but the more I think about it, the more I would go for Brook".
Brook and Rabchenko clash on a huge night of action in the Steel City with the chief support provided by a crunch showdown between world-rated Super-Bantamweights Gamal Yafai and Gavin McDonnell.
The free fights include Rocky Fielding v Karel Horejsek and Lee Appleyard v Atif Shafiq before the coverage moves over to Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action for Sky subscribers.