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Brook to make first IBF defence in March at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena

 

Updated 13th January 2015

Kell Brook will make the first defence of his IBF world title in March against an opponent to be named on Monday.

 

The Ingle Gym welterweight returns home to the Motorpoint Arena for his first fight since ripping the title away from American Shawn Porter, in California, in August.

 

 

Above: Watch our training montage of IBF World Welterweight Champion Kell Brook.

 

Brook and his promoter Eddie Hearn are to hold a press conference on January 19 to announce the challenger and date for the bout.

 

The 28-year-old had been scheduled to defend his title last month, but a knife attack while on holiday with his family in Tenerife in September left him hospitalised with life threatening injuries.

 

Now, the man known as 'The Special One,' is fully healed and training his way back to full fitness ahead of his maiden defence.

 

“I can’t wait to finally see Kell make that walk at the Motorpoint Arena as world champion," Eddie Hearn said.

 

"Last year was a year of incredible highs and lows and the bravery he has shown to come back from that life-threatening injury has been quite remarkable.

 

"People doubted Kell before he ripped the world title from Porter in America. The fact is that Kell is a special fighter and I believe he will go on to unify the 147lbs division, it will be an emotional night for Kell and another big statement will be made."

 

Brook will be looking to make a real statement in his return, as he bids to set up a huge all-British summer showdown with long term rival Amir Khan.

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