Kell Brook has vowed not to make the same mistake as the man from whom he ripped the world crown when he makes the first defence of his IBF welterweight title in Sheffield on Saturday night.
Brook faces mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan at Sheffield Arena and insists he has no plans to let go of the title he worked so hard to win:
Jo Jo Dan has told Kell Brook that his reign as IBF World Welterweight title will end on March 28 at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield .
Mandatory number one challenger Dan travels to the Steel City as Brook’s first opponent for the belt he won in style in California against Shawn Porter in August.
Brook is looking to land a major fight in the summer as he looks to stamp his authority on the lucrative 147lb division – but the 31 year old Canada-based Romanian has other ideas.
Dan’s clash with Brook is part of a huge night of boxing in Sheffield as local favourite Adam Etches defends his IBF International Middleweight title against Sergey Khomitsky and Gavin McDonnell continues his fairy tale story challenging Ukrainian Oleksander Yegorov for the vacant European Super Bantamweight title.
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has urged Amir Khan to swallow his pride and fight Sheffield's world welterweight champion Kell Brook this summer.
Khan, a former world champion, is said to be waiting to take on the winner of the showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
However, Hearn insists a fight against Brook would be the better option.
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.
A boxing superstar has been to visit our region today.
Olympic medalist and former welterweight world champion Amir Khan was helping to serve up food for Leeds charity the St George's Crypt, which works with the homeless, the vulnerable and those suffering from addiction.
Khan, who has family in Yorkshire, spoke to our reporter Ben Turner:
Sheffield boxer Kell Brook is giving his fans the chance to share in his IBF Welterweight title glory at the Winter Gardens today. He's hosting a press conference a lunchtime and members of the public are welcome.
Sheffield boxer, Kell Brook, will be feeling the pressure as he faces up to the hard punching Mexican, Alvaro Robles, at Liverpool's Echo Arena.
Earlier in the week it was confirmed that - at long last - the unbeaten welterweight will get his shot at a world title.
But his dreams could still be shattered if he doesn't get past the man from South America.
John Shires went to check out his preparations:
Kell Brook has vowed to guard against complacency as he looks to move closer to a world welterweight title fight in Liverpool on Saturday night.
The Sheffield fighter has been guaranteed a summer shot at the IBF belt currently held by American Shawn Porter - provided he dispatches Mexican Alvaro Robles at the Echo Arena.
Robles is no slouch having stopped all but two of his 17 victims inside the distance - but has also been frequently floored himself.
Brook said: "This is a very important fight and it is a banana-skin fight. It is important because if I don't win this there is no big one to follow.
"Robles is going to be game and he will want to take my head off. I am looking forward to the opportunity to get in there and show people what I can do."
Sheffield Welterweight boxer, Kell Brook, will have a shot at the world title no later than July 19th.
The IBF have ruled that Shawn Porter may risk his IBF welterweight title against Paul Malignaggi on the condition that the winner must make his next defence against mandatory challenger Kell Brook this summer.
Both men must confirm in writing that whomever emerges as champion has the obligation to face Brook next.
Porter-Malignaggi must take place by April 19, with the winner required to face Brook 90 days thereafter.
If Porter-Malignaggi fails to materialise by April 19, Porter’s next defence must be against the unbeaten Sheffield star.
Kell Brook has drawn up a three-man hitlist as he looks to move into boxing superstardom following his emphatic win over Vyacheslav Senchenko.
The unbeaten Sheffield welterweight is eager to square off with either domestic rival Amir Khan, IBF world champion Devon Alexander or American star Adrien Broner in the next six months.
Brook, who has been on the verge of a world title shot for the last year, underlined his credentials with a fourth-round stoppage of Ricky Hatton's conqueror Senchenko in Sheffield on Saturday.