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Kell Brook prepares for his long-awaited return to the ring

Sheffield's Kell Brook is making his long-awaited return to the ring following nearly a year out. The unbeaten 29-year-old makes the third defence of his IBF World Welterweight title against the little known Canadian fighter Kevin Bizier at the Sheffield arena.

Kell Brook is nicknamed the Special One but he has had little chance to prove it of late. It has been 10 long months since he last stepped into the ring after a rib injury ruled him out of his last fight back in October.

His opponent tomorrow - Canadian Kevin Bizier - has lost only 2 of his 27 professional fights. But both those were at the hands of Jo Jo Dan. The man Kell beat within 4 rounds just a year ago. It's therefore no surprise Kell is the overwhelming favourite and has already started thinking about what could come next.

The big fight he craves could come as early as this summer, but first Kell must ensure he does the biz against Kevin Bizier.

Kell Brook prepares to defend his title

Unbeaten: Kell Brook

Kell Brook makes the third defence of his IBF World Welterweight title at the Sheffield arena on Saturday night.

The unbeaten 29-year-old fights Canadian Kevin Bizier on a bill which also includes an all Yorkshire fight for the Commonwealth lightweight belt between Hull's Olympic champion Luke Campbell and Gary Sykes from Dewsbury.

Kell has been out of the ring for almost a year after injury ruled him out of his last scheduled title defence - against Diego Chavez in October.

He was hoping victory on Saturday would lead to an all British showdown against long term rival Amir Khan. But after the Bolton brawler announced a step up to middleweight to take on Saul "Canelo" Alvarez Kell was left searching for a big name replacement that, as yet, has still to be announced.

Opponent Kevin Bizier

Kell Brook's opponent Kevin Bizier will become the first boxer from Quebec City, Canada, to fight for a world title. The 32-year-old has lost only two fights in his career. Both came against Jo Jo Dan - a fighter Kell Brook defeated within four rounds last year.

Fans given glimpse of Luke Campbell's talent

Showing off talent

Hull's Olympic champion Luke Campbell gave boxing fans a glimpse of his talent during a public workout at the Winter Gardens in Sheffield.

The 28-year-old lost his first professional fight to Frenchman Yvan Mendy at the O2 Arena last December. Since his defeat Luke has been training out in Miami with the highly respected Cuban trainer Jorges Rubio.

He will fight Dewsbury's Gary Sykes at the Sheffield Arena on Saturday night, for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title on the undercard of Kell Brook's defence of his IBF World Welterweight title against Canadian Kevin Bizier.

Warming up

Kid Galahad has doping ban reduced

Sheffield boxer Barry Awad, also known as Kid Galahad, has had his ban for doping reduced by 6 months.

The unbeaten super bantamweight was banned for two years in September 2014 after testing positive for the banned steroid stanolozol. He always protested his innocence, claiming his brother spiked his drink. He has now been given permission to resurrect his boxing career.

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Josh Warrington hopes to take next step to world title fight

Josh 'the warrior' Warrington

Leeds boxer Josh Warrington will hopefully take the next step towards a world title when he takes on the dangerous Japanese fighter Hisashi Amagasa at the Leeds Arena in April.

If Warrington is to land a world title fight with Welshman Lee Selby in the summer, he knows he can't afford to make a mistake against an experienced opponent who has 20 knockouts on his CV. Here's the man himself - and promoter Eddie Hearn.

Warrington wary of Japanese opponent

Josh Warrington (left) celebrates his points decision victory Joel Brunker after their WBC International featherweight title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds last September. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Unbeaten Leeds boxer Josh Warrington knows he can't afford any mistakes when he defends his WBC International Featherweight title against Japan's Hisashi Amagasa in April.

A win for the 25 year old in front of his home crowd at the Leeds Arena could set up a much anticipated showdown with IBF world champion Lee Selby.

However both Warrington and his promoter Eddie Hearn know that the experienced Amagasa - who's won 20 of his 35 fights by knockout - won't be an easy opponent.

Warrington looks ahead to Selby world title clash

The war of words ahead of a possible world title fight between Leeds boxer Josh Warrington and the IBF Featherweight champion Lee Selby is hotting up.

Warrington faces Japan's Hisashi Amagasa at the Leeds Arena in April, and could challenge Selby in the summer, provided the Welshman comes through his next title defence against Eric Hunter, the mandatory challenger from America.

Warrington spoke about the possible showdown with Selby at a news conference ahead of his fight with Amagasa.

Gavin McDonnell set for world title eliminator

Doncaster boxer Gavin McDonnell will face Jorge Sanchez in an official eliminator for the WBC Super-Bantamweight world title in Manchester later this month.

Gavin McDonnell Credit: Press Association

The 29-year-old will feature on the undercard of the unification battle between IBF champion Carl Frampton and WBA champion Scott Quigg at Manchester Arena on February 27.

Victory over the unbeaten Panamanian will put McDonnell in reach of a world title shot against WBC ruler Julio Ceja – the man that his brother Jamie beat to become world champion for the first time.

I’m more than ready to prove that I can become a World champion. I know that Sanchez is going to be a tough fight and I will have to be at my best, but that’s what I am in the sport for – fighting the best and winning titles.

– Gavin McDonnell
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