According to promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-2, 25 KOs) will return to the ring in early March in Sheffield.

Brook will make his official junior middleweight debut, says Hearn.

The boxer has suffered two defeats in a row. He moved up by two weight divisions last September and suffered a TKO defeat at the hands of IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. And then in May, he was stopped once again in a mandatory defense against Errol Spence.

In both of his defeats, Brook suffered fractured orbital bones and he required surgeries in both instances and several months of rehabilitation for each injury.

"I had a good meeting with Kell Brook [last week]. It looks like he will return in early March at the Sheffield Arena at 154lbs," Hearn told Sky Sports.

And the fight Hearn would still like to make, is a showdown between Brook and his domestic rival Amir Khan (31-4, 19 KOs).

Khan has been out of the ring since last May, when he moved up to a catch-weight of 155-pounds and was knocked out by then WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez in the sixth round.

"I know they are both coming off losses but they are both elite fighters,"Hearn said. "The grudge is real. It's an all-British super fight. I'd like to see them both in the ring, getting some wins under their belts, and moving onto some huge fights.

"Amir Khan has achieved a lot in the sport and still has a lot to give. Khan-Brook is still a huge fight. I think Kell will return in March, I'm not sure what Amir is going to do. I'd like to see him return in March or April as well, and potentially build towards a fight in the closing period of 2018.

"2018 is the year for that fight. Once we start moving to 2019, have we missed the boat?"