WBN have been informed Kell Brook will defend his IBF welterweight title against mandatory challenger Errol Spence Jr. in Sheffield.
Brook, long linked to facing Amir Khan until talks collapsed, is ploughing on with his duties as title holder with the International Boxing Federation and resisting calls from promoter Eddie Hearn to move up in weight.
A purse bid between Brook and Spence was called for last Monday, although both sides asked for one more week and have now reached an agreement to avoid any blind offers taking place.
According to Chairman Lindsey Tucker, Hearn and Spence’s promoter Tom Brown are happy with the fight taking place in England, where the bout looks set to be heading for television coverage on Sky Sports Box Office.
“The purse bid was canceled. The date I was given is May 20 with Brook v Spence taking place in Sheffield,” Tucker exclusively told WBN before Hearn then stated the date was unlikely.
Question marks over Brook’s weight will be a hot topic during the build-up as ‘The Special One’ last fought in September at middleweight and won’t have made the 147 pound limit for some fourteen months by the Spence fight.
The Yorkshireman went down to a first career loss against Gennady Golovkin in five rounds and now aims to keep a firm grip on his title against one of the most dangerous welterweights around.
Spence, 27, is highly-regarded as a potential superstar of the future and takes an impressive 21-0 record with 18 stoppages into what will be the southpaw’s second fight outside the United States.
Undercard news will follow in the next few weeks on the back of an official announcement from Matchroom and the PBC.