Brook v Spence: Four title bouts feature on stacked Sheffield card

Brook v Spence 23/05/2017

Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight title defense is not the only belt up for grabs this weekend when the Yorkshireman faces mandatory challenger Errol Spence Jr.

‘The Special One’ headlines at Sheffield United’s Brammall Lane for the first time in his career on Saturday night and is accompanied by an eye-catching bill put together by Matchroom Boxing.

Co-featuring on the Sky Sports Box Office bill is former three-time world super-middleweight title contender ‘Saint’ George Groves as the Londoner takes on hardened Russian Fedor Chudinov for the vacant WBA ‘super’ title at 168 pounds.

Groves last fought in a tragic contest resulting in German opponent Eduard Gutknecht suffering life-threatening and debilitating injuries which are said to have had a mental effect on the 29 year-old in the months after the encounter.

Two vacant Commonwealth title matches make up the four championships on the line as Dave Allen faces Lenroy Thomas for Anthony Joshua’s old heavyweight strap and Jon Kays battles Andy Townend for the super-featherweight version.

Add to that three amateur standouts in Anthony Fowler, Joe Cordina and Lawrence Okolie, plus a tasty super-middleweight offering for a fringe world title belt involving newly-signed Eddie Hearn contender Jamie Cox and Dave Coldwell-managed Lewis Taylor.

Super-flyweight Kyle Yousaf, super lightweight Atif Shafiq and middleweight Nadeem Siddique make up the eleven-fight card in separate encounters of their own.

Brook v Spence begins at 6pm on Sky Sports Box Office May 27 

Full card for Bramall Lane Stadium, Sheffield, UK:

12 – IBF Welterweight title
Kell Brook 36-1 v
Errol Spence Jr 21-0

12 – WBA ‘Super’ Super Middleweight title
George Groves 25-3 v
Fedor Chudinov 14-1

12 – vacant Comm. Heavyweight title
David Allen 11-2-1 v
Lenroy Thomas 20-4

12 – Super Middleweight
Jamie Cox 21-0 v
Lewis Taylor 19-3-1

12 – vacant Comm. Super Featherweight
Andy Townend 18-4 v
Jon Kays 22-5-1

6 – Super Flyweight
Kyle Yousaf 10-0 v
Louis Norman 11-3-1

4 – Super Lightweight
Atif Shafiq 16-2 v
Dean Evans 5-14-2

6 – Middleweight
Nadeem Siddique 24-2 v
Vinny Atkins 1-1

4 – Middleweight
Anthony Fowler 0-0
Arturs Geikins 3-7-1

4 – Super Featherweight
Joe Cordina 2-0 v
Arturs Selivanovs 4-0

4 – Cruiserweight
Lawrence Okolie 2-0 v
Russ Henshaw 7-5