Sheffield’s Kell Brook headlines his home arena this weekend as the DAZN show rolls on to the end of the year.
‘The Special One’ bids to move one step closer to a world title shot at 154 by defeating Australian former championship challenger Michael Zerafa.
Brook had been hoping to land a UK super-fight with long-time rival Amir Khan, but that clash looks unlikely to happen anytime soon.
Two bouts into his comeback, Brook can ill-afford any slip-ups, if he eventually wants to share the ring with the likes of Jarrett Hurd or Jermell Charlo.
Losses to Errol Spence and Gennady Golovkin had threatened Brook’s career due to separate broken eye sockets. The 32 year-old has since made a successful return when blasting out Sergey Rabchenko in just two rounds.
With his reign as world welterweight champion eighteen months behind him, Brook is at a crossroads in his career and may not be able to push his ring spell too much further.
Too much time has been spent chasing the Khan fight. It’s now time for Brook to crack on with his future as the Bolton man looks likely to accept a title clash with Terence Crawford.
Bursting onto the scene with a 2010 victory over Michael Jennings, Brook went from strength to strength thanks to an undefeated run lasting all of twelve years.
Wins over Matthew Hatton and Vyacheslav Senchenko put Brook on the path to a recognized strap. A chance which eventually came in a career-defining moment against Shawn Porter in 2014.
Since then, Brook’s light has dimmed – rather than shone, and the Yorkshireman is forced to focus on his task at super-welterweight.
It all begins this weekend, live on DAZN.
Headlining a huge night at home, possibly for the final time, Brook tops a card full of upcoming contenders.
Unbeaten Irish star Jono Carroll faces French former European Champion Guillaume Frenois in a final eliminator. The winner will become mandatory challenger to IBF Super-Featherweight Champion Tevin Farmer.
Sunderland Welterweight talent Josh ‘Pretty Boy’ Kelly features, plus Anthony Fowler and Kid Galahad.