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Ross 'The Boss' makes bid for European bantamweight title in home city

Sheffield boxer, Ross Burkinshaw, steps into the ring in his home city tonight (Saturday February 21, 2015).

Ross 'The Boss' makes a bid for European bantamweight title Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The twenty-eight-year-old former soldier was expecting to defend the Commonwealth title he won last September. But last week he was told he would be fighting for the European bantamweight title instead.

Khan says Brook fight not big enough

Boxer Amir Khan has said he won't fight Sheffield world champion Kell Brook any time soon.

There was talks of a potential super fight at Wembley stadium between the two but Khan says that Brook is not worthy of a fight with him at the moment.

Despite being IBF World Champion, the olympic medalist does not believe that unbeaten Brook is a big enough name in the world of boxing.


Campbell calls off fight

Hull's Olympic boxing hero Luke Campbell has withdrawn from his fight on March 7 due to the ill health of his father.

Luke Campbell Credit: Press Association

The gold medalist star was set to feature in a huge clash at the Hull Ice Arena as promoter Eddie Hearn looks to set-up an all-Hull Lightweight blockbuster with Tommy Coyle in the summer.

Campbell said: “After a period in intensive care, my Dad has now been moved to Dove House Hospice and I feel it's important that I spend every second possible with my family.

“I hope that the fans understand my decision and I shall be back in action soon.”

The show on March 7 goes ahead with Campbell's fight set to be replaced on the card, while Coyle faces Martin Gethin and Sam Eggington faces Shayne Singleton. Undefeated Matchroom stars Rocky Fielding, Bradley Saunders and Gamal Yafai are also in action.

Boxer Brook announces opponent for first title defence

It's just four months since he almost died after being stabbed on holiday, but today Sheffield's Kell Brook announced to the world that he is ready to return to the ring to defend the welterweight title he won in America.

The fight against a little-known Romanian will take place at the Sheffield Arena on March the 28th. Brook is hoping it'll be a step on the road to more high-profile contests in future.

David Hirst's report contains flash photography:

World champ Brook confirms title defence

Kell Brook will make the first defence of his IBF World Welterweight title at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield this March.

Kell Brook Credit: Press Association

A press conference to confirm the Sheffield star's opponent will be held in Sheffield next Monday.

Brook claimed the title in fantastic fashion by outpointing Shawn Porter in Los Angeles in August to rip the belt from the Ohio favourite.

Brook’s first defence has been delayed following an incident in Spain the following month, but he is now back to full fitness and currently training in Tenerife ahead of his maiden defence.

I can't wait to finally see Kell make that walk at the Motorpoint Arena as World Champion. 2014 was a year of incredible highs and lows and the bravery he has shown to come back from that life threatening injury has been quite remarkable. People doubted Kell before he ripped the World title from Porter in America. The fact is that Kell is a special fighter and I believe he will go on to unify the 147 lbs division, it will be an emotional night for Kell and another big statement will be made.

– Eddie Hearn, Kell Brook's promoter
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