Kell Brook and Kevin Bizier avoided a purse bid this week as the pair head towards an IBF welterweight title bout in the coming months.
Current champion Brook is keen to get his mandatory obligation to the International Boxing Federation out of the way in order to pursue more lucrative fights this year and a spring clash with Bizier is now agreed.
IBF Chairman Lindsey Tucker confirmed the news to WBN on Tuesday morning, although the particulars of the deal won’t be released until the official press conference announcement by promoter Eddie Hearn.
Challenger Bizier has lost twice to Jo Jo Dan, an opponent that Brook dealt with in four rounds in 2015, although has earned his chance and will now face ‘The Special One’ in his maiden world title chance.
The 31 year-old Canadian halted Fredrick Lawson in ten rounds last November ending the Chicago-based Ghanaian’s 24-fight unbeaten record and will be aiming to do similar to Brook, 29, who holds an impressive 35-0 C.V.
More details are set to emerge in the next few days on the contest, which looks likely to be staged in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield in March and could take place on regular Sky Sports due to Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg already being set for PPV.