Kell Brook set to WITHDRAW from Anthony Joshua undercard on June 1

World Boxing News 07/05/2019

📸 Lawrence Lustig

World Boxing News has learned Kell Brook is set to withdraw from fighting on the Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr. bill next month.

Brook is hoping to land himself a big United States opponent further down the line. The Yorkshire man is also considering spending some time training across the Atlantic.

Opponent and timescale constraints are set to put a block on hopes of an appearance at Madison Square Garden, though.

Instead, Brook will concentrate on securing a top name for later this summer. Terence Crawford and Danny Garcia are among the targets.

‘The Special One’ hiring a new head trainer is possible after leaving Dominic Ingle late last year. Brook has most recently been working with former pro and friend John Fewkes.

Speaking in regards to his return after just one fight in twelve months, Brook was excited earlier this year.

“I’m brand new, I’m ready for those massive fights. I’ve got plenty more to give for the fans. I’m excited about these big fights,” he told Sky Sports.

Despite Brook preparing to fall off the card, eight contests remain confirmed for New York.

This is due to the addition of Chris Algieri versus Tommy Coyle. The 140 pound clash was announced over the weekend.

Algieri v Coyle is one of a promised US v UK flavor to the bill by promoter Eddie Hearn.

“AJ has created an incredible ‘Lion’s Den’ atmosphere in the UK. We plan to bring that energy to New York on a card that will be stacked with British vs. American talent,” explained Hearn back in March.

As WBN revealed, Callum Smith is set to battle it out with former middleweight world champion Hassan N’Dam.

Smith has been linked to a Canelo blockbuster of late.

Joshua v Ruiz tops the event. Kal Yafai puts his super-flyweight strap on the line against Norberto Jimenez in one of the co-feature offerings.

Katie Taylor bids to fully unify at lightweight. Josh Kelly, Josh Buatsi and Austin Williams are all scheduled to appear.

More could be made public this week. Foes for Buasti and Kelly have long been anticipated.

At this rate, both are looking at the potential for stay-busy outings.

Just over three weeks remain until fight night.

The event is televised on DAZN in the USA and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.

DAZN Executive Joe Markowski can’t wait.

“Watching Anthony Joshua fight in the U.K. is one of the most spectacular experiences that I’ve encountered in boxing. The crowds, the fireworks and the noise are quite remarkable.

“But like DAZN, AJ has ambitions to be a global superstar. Achieving that means taking your show on the road, across the Pond,” said Markowski.

Joshua was due to face Jarrell Miller. Unfortunately, Miller chose to use PED’s and was caught out by VADA Testing.

‘Big Baby’ had no fewer than THREE substances in his system.

Ruiz was then drafted in as a replacement. Michael Hunter was initially headhunted for the date.

Full Anthony Josuha v Andy Ruiz Jr. bill:

Saturday 1, June 2019  – Madison Square Garden, New York, USA

12 – heavyweight

Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr 32 1 0

International Boxing Federation World Heavyweight Title
International Boxing Organization World Heavyweight Title
World Boxing Association Super World Heavyweight Title
World Boxing Organisation World Heavyweight Title

12 – super flyweight

Kal Yafai v Norbelto Jimenez

World Boxing Association World Super Flyweight Title

12 – super middleweight

Callum Smith v Hassan N’Dam

World Boxing Association Super World Super Middleweight Title

12 – lightweight

Katie Taylor v Delfine Persoon

International Boxing Federation World Female Lightweight Title
World Boxing Association World Female Lightweight Title
World Boxing Council World Female Lightweight Title
WBO World Female Lightweight Title

10 – super lightweight

Chris Algieri v Tommy Coyle

10 – light heavyweight

Joshua Buatsi v TBA

10 – welterweight

Josh Kelly v TBA

4 – middleweight

Austin Williams v TBA

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