Fight Updates: Brook v Bizier; Thurman v Porter; Vargas v Ali

Phil Jay 19/01/2016

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Kell Brook’s mandatory IBF welterweight title defence against Kevin Bizier has been set for March 26 at Sheffield Arena.

‘The Special One’ is going through with his obligation to the IBF in a fight that ideally would never have been made as Brook looks to seal a massive clash with Amir Khan or any other big name at 147 later in the year.

Canadian Bizier has lost twice to Jo Jo Dan, a fighter Brook stopped in four rounds last year at the same venue, so will be a huge underdog to do any damage to the Briton’s plans for the remainder of 2016.

Soon-to-be WBA super title holder at 147, Keith Thurman is closing in on an official announcement for his mouth-watering clash with compatriot Shawn Porter in the spring.

Undefeated Thurman is set to trade punches with the former IBF champion on March 12, although there is still a debate over whether Mohegan Sun will actually stage the contest as originally planned.

Also at welterweight, Jessie Vargas and Sadam Ali are nearing an agreement for the vacant WBO championship following the news that Timothy Bradley will be given ‘super’ status by the World Boxing Organisation.

That frees up the WBO’s ‘regular’ version for ex-140lb ruler Vargas and up and comer Ali to contest the lesser title sometime in March on HBO, according to correspondence released by the WBO at the weekend.

All three contests are a welcome addition to a packed welterweight roster in the spring.