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Kell Brook runs Sheffield half marathon

Sheffield boxer Kell Brook took part in the Sheffield half marathon at the weekend.

The welterweight world champion ran the 13.1 mile Yorkshire Half Marathon course for the Children's Hospital Charity and completed the course in one hour 35 minutes.

Kell Brook to face Frankie Gavin in all-British clash

Kell Brook will defend his welterweight world title against Frankie Gavin in an all-British clash in London next month.

Kell Brook secured a 4th round stoppage win over Jo Jo Dan last month. Credit: Press Association

Brook, who defended his title against mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan at the Sheffield Arena last month, will headline a pay-per-view show at the O2 Arena on May 30.

Gavin, 29, from Birmingham is the only English boxer to win a World Amateur Championship. However, he failed in his attempt to dethrone European welterweight champion Leonard Bundu last year.

Brook had been targeting a lucrative bout with Bolton's Amir Khan.


Hopes of Brook-Khan fight dented

Amir Khan appears to have ended any hopes of a summer showdown with British rival Kell Brook after announcing his next opponent will be Chris Algieri.

Kell Brook won't be fighting Khan next Credit: Press Association

Khan came under increasing pressure earlier this week to arrange a fight with IBF welterweight champion Brook, but the Bolton fighter instead looks set for an outing in Algieri's home city of New York on May 30.

While the non-title welterweight bout against Algieri has not been officially rubber-stamped, Khan is happy with his choice of foe.

Khan said: "You can class him as an A-class opponent."

Algieri's only defeat in a 21-fight professional career came last November, when he was knocked down six times en route to a heavily lopsided points defeat to Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao.

Yet in his previous bout, the 31-year-old American upset the odds to win a split decision over the much-feared Ruslan Provodnikov and take the Russian's WBO light-welterweight title.

Khan, himself a former champion at 140lbs, added on his wife's YouTube channel:

"He has fought decent opponents, beaten decent opponents, and just fell short against Manny Pacquiao, which is an A star opponent.

"He's a decent boxer overall. He knows how to box and knows how to move well. He takes a decent amount of shots and he's got a decent amount of power, so I think overall it's going to be a good fight for me.

"Hopefully this can lead me on to the bigger fights in the future, which is what I'm looking at."

The 28-year-old has made no secret of his desire to fight the winner of the May 2 super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao, while he would also be keen on facing Brook in a "winner takes all" bout.

For now, though, Khan's focus is on his next opponent and he is keen to arrange the bout in New York.

Khan's only previous outing there was an 11th-round stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi at Madison Square Garden in May 2010.

This time, though, Khan wants the non-title bout at the Barclays Center as he said: "We're looking at fighting in New York, I think New York's a great venue for me.

"Having that fight in New York will be good for the UK fans in a way because it will give them a chance to travel and it won't be as far as going to (Las) Vegas.

"This time I'd like to fight at the Barclays Center, which I've never fought at."

Khan, who last fought in December last year with a one-sided points win over Devon Alexander in Las Vegas, hopes his next bout can be finalised soon.

"I'm looking forward to getting this fight announced officially by my manager and advisor Al Haymon."

"They think it's the right fight for me, they want to keep me going."


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.

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