Sheffield’s Kell Brook has announced his intention to defend his IBF welterweight title on March 28th in Sheffield.
The 28-year-old will take on Jo Jo Dan in the first defence of the world title he won back in August 2014 against Shawn Porter in Los Angeles.
Since that glorious night in America, Brook has suffered a huge setback in his career when he was the victim of a machete attack whilst on holiday in Tenerife. The life-threatening incident threatened to derail, or even end his career, but the Yorkshireman is confident he has recovered from his injuries.
Now Brook is looking forward to 2015 which could be a huge year for the Sheffield-born man. Promoter Eddie Hearn is looking for some potentially huge pay days for Brook. However, this will be dependant on Brook firstly defending his title and then Hearn’s ability to persuade some high-profile boxers to put their titles on the line against a so far undefeated fighter.
Brook has not lost any of his 33 professional bouts so far and, if on form, will be a danger to anyone so any potential opponent will be wary to take him on especially when they consider the consequences of a defeat to him.
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Top of the list of opponents for Brook will be fellow Brit Amir Khan, the current WBC Silver Light Welterweight World title holder, but Khan has so far dodged the potential bout preferring instead to pursue a huge showdown with Floyd Mayweather. However, Mayweather has so far ignored the Bolton-born fighter’s pleas.
Fight with Khan in the works?
Will Amir Khan now agree to a fight against Brook that the whole of the British boxing community want to see?
Shortly after Brook’s announcement of his 28th March bout Khan was quick to use social media to announce his own future intentions via Twitter.
“Meetings and talks at Wembley stadium. Will announce soon what’s happening and who the next opponent will be.”
Hopefully Khan will soon add further exciting dates to the 2015 British boxing calendar.
For the immediate future, and before any potential clash with Khan, Kell Brook will want to make sure he produces a very professional performance on the March 28th to prove that he is worthy of a shot at Khan and also to prove that he has regained his fitness following the horrifying machete incident last year.
This year could be an exciting time for British boxing, and especially for Kell Brook.