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Brook calls out Amir Khan following IBF title defence

Sheffield's Kell Brook retained his IBF Welterweight title beating Romanian Jo Jo Dan by technical knockout in four rounds and remains undefeated.

Brook knocks down Jo Jo Dan during the IBF World Welterweight Championship defence Credit: Press Association

Fighting at a packed out Sheffield's Motorpoint arena, the local fighter made the most the partisan crowd, starting on the front foot and continuing throughout.

Brook looked focused and composed as he took advantage of defensive mistakes by the mandatory challenger, and the bout looked settled from the second round, where Brook scored two knockdowns against the 33-year-old Dan.

It was truly amazing to walk out in front of all my fans and I didn't think I would ever box again.

– Kell Brook

A further two knockdowns in the fourth round, one of which came on the bell led to Dan's corner taking the decision to withdraw their fighter, keeping him on his stool before the fifth round could start.

Kell Brook knocks down Jo Jo Dan during the IBF World Welterweight Championship bout at the Motorpoint Arena Credit: Press Association

It was Brook's first defence of the title he won from Shaun Porter since nearly losing his life when he was stabbed in the leg in Tenerife last September.

Brook's leg looked fully recovered and will now target Amir Khan, calling out the Bolton fighter. "If you're watching, come and get in this ring with me," Brook told Khan. Promoter Eddie Hearn added that Wembley Stadium was free for the pair on June 13.


Adam Etches loses IBF title in fourth round knockout

Sheffield's Adam Etches lost his IBF Middleweight title to a fourth round knockout from Belorussian Sergey Khomitsky.

Adam Etches (left) lost his IBF title to Sergey Khomitsky (right) Credit: Press Association

Fighting at Sheffield's Motorpoint arena on the undercard for Kell Brook and Jo Jo Dan, the 24-year-old local, etches struggled against the veteran Khomitsky, despite a partisan home crowd.

Gavin McDonnell wins European super-bantamweight title

Doncaster's Gavin McDonnell has won the vacant EBU super-bantamweight title, beating Ukranian Oleksander Yegorov on a points decision.

Gavin McDonnell (left) and Oleksandr Yegorov Credit: Press Association

The 28-year-old from Doncaster started the bout strongly, before a late comeback by the previously undefeated Yegorov taking the verdict by the verdict by 117-11, 118-110 and 118-109 margins.

McDonnell's fight came five years to the day from when twin brother, Jamie won his EBU Bantamweight title, a night that would spur Gavin on to become a champion too.

Kell Brook vows to put on a show in title defence

Kell Brook is determined to complete his remarkable journey from "game over" to home city glory when he puts his IBF welterweight title on the line for the first time in Sheffield on Saturday night.

Credit: Press Association

The 28-year-old will take to the ring against Romanian Jo Jo Dan less than six months after an horrific machete attack in Tenerife which left him fighting for his life with blood pouring from a 12-inch wound.

And having fought his way up through the city's sports halls and leisure centres to finally top the bill in front of an expected crowd of more than 10,000, Brook admitted his biggest battle might be to stop his emotions getting the better of him.

When I was laid in hospital with my leg tied up it felt like I was at the bottom of my ocean and I remember when it first happened my whole life flashed before my eyes.

I thought, 'this is game over for me now', but I remember getting to the hospital and being wheeled out and feeling the fresh air and seeing the birds flying about and thinking 'I'm here, I'm alive'. I think when you've been that close to death it definitely changes you.

– Kell Brook

Brook took the title from previous holder Shawn Porter in California in August and knows victory over Dan could pave the way to much more lucrative bouts in the 147lbs division.

While his stated aim of sealing a showdown with the winner of the May super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao may be over-ambitious, plenty of other potential money-spinning bouts remain.

And while Brook is right not to under-estimate his Canada-based opponent, it is hard to see how the 33-year-old Dan is likely to pose much of a threat.

His record is a solid enough 34-2 with 18 stoppage wins, but his two losses came on his only two previous forays anywhere near top class, both against Turkish opponent Selcuk Aydin in 2010 and 2011.

If you are asking me if I want to fight Mayweather or Pacquiao, of course I do. I'm the world champion and I'm leading the way and I've got to look for the higher profile fights.

It is a piping hot division and it just makes it all the better that I'm the world champ and you've got all these other top fighters who want what I've got.

– Kell Brook

John Shires reports on tomorrow's big fight.


Dan warns Kell: " I'm going to take your world crown"

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 .

Kell Brook Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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.

“Kell has not fought anyone like me.

“I believe in myself and I don't think he can bring anything I can't deal with on fight night.

“I am on schedule with my work and I will be in top shape on March 28. I saw his last fight where he won the World Title and it was a great performance, but I just let my team study him in depth and come up with a winning strategy.

“I want us to put together a super fight for all boxing fans. We both train and aim for the win, so the fans should expect fireworks.

“I have waited a long time to get a World Title shot so I am determined to take advantage of this opportunity. My prediction for the fight is simple – Jo Jo Dan becomes the new IBF Welterweight World champion.”

– Jo Jo Dan

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.

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.

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