The IBF welterweight title fight mandated between champion Shawn Porter and challenger Kell Brook is at the early stages of negotiations as the two fighters attempt to thrash out a deal.
Discussions have been stipulated by the International Boxing Federation to be concluded by July 19th, with both sides apparently keen to secure home advantage for the contest in the initial exchanges.
Porter’s father and trainer Kenny confirmed to WBN that Brook is the fight that he and Shawn are focused on, although admitted that he was in the dark as to where and when the contest will be held.
“Talks have begun on the Kell Brook fight for Shawn,” Porter told World Boxing News.
“Our expectations are to fight him as soon as possible as he is the mandatory, but don’t know about the location as I have not heard anything.”
Brook’s handler Eddie Hearn has already stated his intention to put his money where his mouth is to give his man home advantage for what will be a defining night for ‘The Special One’ following months of frustration. The Yorkshireman has seen title bouts cancelled on two occasions in the past and giving having the chance to pack out an arena in his hometown of Sheffield would be a dream come true for the undefeated Briton.
When pushed in the last few weeks on where he expects to fight, belt holder Porter has always favoured the United States, and it’s just a matter of the two teams coming together to get the best deal all round for their fighter.
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