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Kell Brook and Errol Spence to fight in Sheffield

JUST CHAMPION: Sheffield United fan Brook in the team's dressing room

KELL BROOK will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) world welterweight title against US star Errol Spence at Bramall Lane, the home of Sheffield United FC, on Saturday 27 May.

Brook makes the fourth defence of his beloved IBF strap he landed in the States in August 2014 with a career-best win over Shawn Porter, and blitzed Jo Jo Dan, Frankie Gavin and Kevin Bizier before stepping up to middleweight to face fearsome Kazakh Gennady Golovkin at The o2 in September – now, the Sheffield star welcomes another unbeaten superstar into the ring.

Undefeated Spence became the mandatory challenger for Brook’s belt when he blasted Leonard Bundu inside six rounds in August, the eighth straight stoppage win for the Texas-based New Yorker who went into the fight after destroying Chris Algieri inside four rounds two months earlier.

Brook and Spence now clash in the biggest fight in the 147lbs division, and the elite pairing are promising to deliver an electric.

“I’m so excited about this fight and also about making history in my city,” said Brook.

“It’s long been a dream of mine to fight outdoors at Bramall Lane and I’m pleased to do that in the biggest fight in the welterweight division.


CONTENDER: American Errol Spence

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“I saw many people talk about how I would avoid Errol Spence - they don’t know me, they don’t know what I’m about.

“All I’ve ever wanted to do is to give the fans the fights they want and they have it right here on May 27 – I’m going to show the world that I’m the best welterweight on the planet and I’m going to do it right before my people’s eyes.”

Spence said:

“I’m happy I’m finally getting an opportunity to accomplish a lifelong dream of becoming a world champion.

“I feel that this is one of the best and biggest fights in world boxing and I am 100 per cent focused and determined to bring the belt back home to the USA–on May 27 I will be more than ready.”

“This is one of the best fights in world boxing,” said Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn.

“Many believed that Kell Brook would look to avoid Errol Spence but he is a proud man who never ducks a challenge.

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“Coming off the fight with GGG [fellow boxer Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin] this is an extremely tough fight to come back to but I believe Kell Brook is the best welterweight in the world and he will have the chance to prove it on May 27.

“It’s ‘The Special One’ vs ‘The Truth’, a historic event at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane – we are planning an unforgettable night.”

“This is great news for Kell and Sheffield United,” said Sheffield United director Scott McCabe.

“We have been working with Matchroom for some time to bring this high profile fight to our Bramall Lane stadium where we have exciting plans to stage further significant events utilising the high standard fa- cilities that have been developed by the club in recent years.”

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