By John MacDonald
33-0 (22KOs) will headline a card featuring some of the biggest names in
British boxing on December 6 at the Motorpoint Arena in his hometown of Sheffield, England.
will be a homecoming for Brook as he makes the first defence of the IBF
welterweight title he captured against Shawn Porter over in America earlier
With U.S premium cable networks HBO and Showtime both interested in
broadcasting this event, opponents such as Robert Guerrero, Josesito Lopez,
Andre Berto and Brandon Rios are all being considered.
understands that rematch between bitter rivals Tony Bellew 22-2-1 (14KOs) and Nathan Cleverly 24-1
(15KOs) will be chief support. The contest has been provisionally slated for either October 11 in London or November 29 in Liverpool in the past but
now appears destined for Sheffield.
first met in 2011 with Cleverly’s WBO light heavyweight title at stake, which
the Welshman retained via majority decision in a highly competitive fight.
Since suffering knockout losses -to Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson
respectively- both men have moved up to cruiserweight and have been on an
inevitable collision course since Nathan Cleverly parted company with former
promoter Frank Warren, earlier this year.
believed that James DeGale 19-1 (13KOs) will also be in action ahead of a
domestic super fight with Carl Froch early next year. DeGale became the
mandatory challenger for the “Cobra” by stopping the previously unbeaten Brandon
Gonzales in the fourth round on the undercard of Froch-Groves II. “Chunky” will look to build
momentum before attempting to become the first British Olympic Gold medallist
to win a professional world title in the new year.
Olympic Gold medallist, Anthony Joshua 7-0 (7KOs) will continue his progression
in the paid ranks as BoxingScene.com understands that veteran Michael Sprott is
likely to be the man in the opposite corner. Former British and Commonwealth
champion, Sprott, will be looking to Joshua past the second round for the fist
time in his career.
details of the card are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Tags: James DeGale , Kell Brook , Nathan Cleverly , Tony Bellew , Anthony Joshua , Eddie Hearn