Kell Brook is set to return to action on December 8th at his favorite haunt of Sheffield.
‘The Special One has only fought once this year after chasing a clash with Amir Khan unsuccessfully. Brook will now remain at super-welterweight for the time being.
Brook had been hoping to land Khan at welterweight – or even a catchweight for a blockbuster Pay-Per-View event.
Khan is biding his time in the hope of landing a big fish of his own, leaving Brook forced to stay busy.
The pair could eventually meet in the spring or summer of 2019 – all being well for Brook.
In regards to an opponent for Brook. World Boxing News can exclusively reveal that Michael Zerafa has accepted an offer to be in the opposite corner.
The 26-year-old is a former Commonwealth champion and was once stopped in five rounds at Foxwoods by Peter Quillin (160 pounds) in 2015.
Zerafa’s only other reverse came one year before Quillin on points against Arif Magomedov in Moscow.
As WBN also exclusively revealed, Brook is currently training in Spain with ex-boxer and friend John Fewkes after deciding to trial an alternative trainer to Dominic Ingle.
The Aussie is champing at the bit for the announcement to be made official.
“Huge fight announcement regarding Michael Zerafa on the world stage to be announced soon. It doesn’t get any bigger,” said Sam Labruna, a member of Zerafa’s Team. “Brendan Bourke and the team are ready to shock the world!
“Michael will be in the best shape of his life and will grab this huge opportunity. He will leave no stone unturned to prepare for the biggest fight of his career – stay tuned.
Last time out on August 31, Zerafa defeated Jose Feria. Zerafa scored a third-round stoppage to push his record to 25-2 with a 14th career KO.
Stepping up to face Brook in the UK will mean another underdog tag for Zerafa, who holds that one hundred percent record of losses on the road.
In contrast, Brook will see the fight as nothing more than a warm-up for what could be the bout of his life against Khan.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay.