Kell Brook has been named Boxer of the Year by the British Boxing Board of Control.
He landed the honour at an awards ceremony in London last night, after a successful year winning the IBF World Welterweight title in California last August, and then dealing with a leg injury after being stabbed on holiday. He was back to fighting fitness by Spring.
Brook was unable to collect the award in person as he is currently in training camp in Spain preparing for his third world title defence against Argentine's Diego Chaves on October 24.
Current IBF World Welterweight champion, Kell Brook, says he wants 'big' fights, like Amir Khan, after he fights Diego Chaves in October.
Meanwhile, Doncaster's Jamie McDonnell says he is eyeing a change in weight divisions following his next fight, wanting to move from Bantamweight to Super Bantamweight.
Leeds boxer Josh Warrington takes on Australian Joel Brunker at the Leeds Arena tonight as he edges closer to a shot at the world title.
The 24 year old puts both his International and Commonwealth titles on the line this evening in a match that is also being seen as an unofficial eliminator for the world title.
Close to 10,000 fans are expected at the Arena tonight to see if Josh can maintain his unblemished professional record.
Tomorrow night's bill in Leeds should also have included Doncaster's Gavin McDonnell defending his European Super-Bantamweight title.
But that fight's been postponed so that Gavin can be at ringside in Texas to see his twin brother Jamie defend his own world title on Sunday night.
Jamie puts his WBA Bantamweight crown on the line against Japanese Tomoki Kameda in a rematch of their explosive fight back in May.
By Sam Duffy
Unbeaten boxer Josh Warrington faces Australian Joel Brunker on Saturday evening for the WBC International and Commonwealth Featherweight title.
Warrington will fight in front of a partisan home crowd at First Direct Arena in Leeds in his 22nd professional fight. His opponent Brunker has only lost once in 29 fights.
Leeds-born Warrington has won on all three of his previous visits to the venue, in an atmosphere described by promoter Eddie Hearn as ‘one of the best in world boxing’.
If victorious, Warrington is targeting a domestic featherweight showdown with Lee Selby, with the possible venue being Leeds United’s Elland Road.
Kell Brook will defend his IBF World Welterweight title against Diego Chaves at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on October 24.
Brook makes the third defence of his crown after beating mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan in four rounds in March and then stopping Frankie Gavin in six rounds at The O2.
Argentinian Chaves enters the clash on the back of a split draw with Timothy Bradley having also taken on Brandon Rios and Keith Thurman in his last four fights.
Chaves is a rough, tough, durable fighter who is very dangerous. He’s coming off a draw to Tim Bradley, was ahead on the cards against Brandon Rios until he was disqualified and gave Keith Thurman a solid fight so we know what level he has mixed at and how good he is.
I'm so excited about boxing in my home town of Sheffield again. London last time out was a great experience fighting in front of nearly 20,000 but I’m excited to be back there – it is my home. I’m looking to excite like I always do and light up the Motorpoint Arena on October 24.
Kell Brook is set to announce details of the third defence of his IBF welterweight world title.
The Sheffield boxer is expected to face Argentinian Diego Chaves at the Motorpoint Arena on 24 October.
Chavez has won 19 of his 26 fights inside the distance with two defeats and one draw.
Brook, 29, beat Jo Jo Dan and Frankie Gavin in his first two title defences.
Doncaster's WBA World Bantamweight champion, Jamie McDonnell will be speaking to the media today before he heads to the United States to defend his title against Tomoki Kameda on Sunday September 6.
McDonnell recovered from an early knockdown in their first meeting in May in Hidalgo, Texas, handing a first defeat to the Japanese in the second defence of his title. The Doncaster man returns to the Lone Star State for the bout – with the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi the venue for the rematch.
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has teased the possibility of Luke Campbell facing a world title fight as early as next summer. He was speaking after his victory last night over Hull rival Tommy Coyle:
Defeated boxer Tommy Coyle says he has no excuses for losing his fight against Hull rival Luke Campbell last night. He says he was in the best shape he has ever been but was beaten by the better man: