Exclusive: IBF reveal their date for Kell Brook v Errol Spence clash
The International Boxing Federation have informed WBN that a welterweight title fight between current title holder Kell Brook and mandatory contender Errol Spence could be set to take place on May 27.
Brook had been ordered to face Spence almost immediately after suffering his first career loss to Gennady Golovkin in September, although had some injuries suffered during the London fight to recover from before his next outing.
A purse bid was called on a number of occasions before both sides managed to thrash out a deal for potential dates in both the late spring and summer.
IBF Chairman Lindsey Tucker has now informed World Boxing News, ‘the date we have for the fight is May 27 in Sheffield’ when contacted on Monday regarding the finer details. Tucker was ‘unable to provide details of the Arena’ for the fight, which could be Brook’s biggest test to date at welterweight.
Official word is yet to come from Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn as the UK gears up for one of the most anticipated bouts of the year, potentially just one month after the biggest of all takes place at Wembley Stadium.
Anthony Joshua battles ex-heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko at the National Stadium on April 29 in a fight that sold out super-fast and was extended to 90,000 fans on the request of Hearn and KMG.
Brook’s date with destiny in the weeks following comes on the back of some speculation regarding his future and what will be a full year plus without the Yorkshireman making the 147 pound divisional limit.
It had been thought Brook would head up to 154 following his exploits at middleweight versus Golovkin, although ‘The Special One’ aims to prove he can still boil down against the dangerous Spence on UK soil.
Should Hearn rubberstamp May 27 or indeed push the fight back to June 3 to avoid any clash with the Football League Play-Offs, Sheffield United’s Brammall Lane ground could come into play at the venue.