Live updates

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

Advertisement

Yorkshire boxers selected for British Lionhearts

Two Olympic hopefuls from Yorkshire have been selected in the British Lionhearts team for the upcoming World Series of Boxing.

Qais Ashfaq from Bradford - who won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last summer and Jack Bateson from Leeds are part of a 38 strong team for the series, in which boxer can earn valuable qualification points for next years Olympics

Warrington booked for hometown fight

Josh Warrington Credit: Lawrence Lustig

European, British and Commonwealth Featherweight champion Josh Warrington will feature on the undercard of Arthur Abraham vs. Paul Smith before topping a huge hometown show in a major fight at the First Direct next April.

The 24 year old, who won the Commonwealth title in November 2013, will see his first action of the new year in Berlin as part of the show headlined by the WBO World Super-Middleweight title rematch between Abraham and Smith on February 21.

It will be a good experience to go abroad and fight on a massive bill. Warrington. I have never boxed abroad as an amateur or pro so it will be great to get the experience.

This year has been a massive year for me and it will be hard to top winning three titles, but I am progressing all the time and the aim is that 2015 will be even bigger than 2014.

Leeds in April is something to look forward to. The last two times have been very special and it is only going to get bigger and better.

– Josh Warrington

Kell Brook back in training after holiday stabbing

Back in August, Kell Brook had the world at his feet. The 28-year-old from Sheffield had managed what only a select few had ever done before.

He had gone to the USA, and won a world title by beating an American in his own backyard.

Then three weeks later, he almost lost it all. In fact he almost lost his life. On holiday in Tenerife, he was stabbed in the leg, and lost so much blood it needed a transfusion to save him.

But now, at a special training camp in Fuertaventura, he has set out on the long, hard road back to full fitness.

Our cameras have been with him:

Advertisement

Load more updates