Kell Brook will continue his boxing comeback against former Commonwealth super-welterweight champion Michael Zerafa at Sheffield Arena on December 8th.
The Sheffield-born hunter struck Roby Sergejchenko in two consecutive months in March to win the available WBC silver-super-welterweight title, his first match since losing back-to-back battles against Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence in 2016 and 2017 .
Brook has resigned from his coach Dom Ingle before his expected return because he can not join the British boxer during his training camp in Fuerteventura and Brooks maintains that they have not fallen out. Brooks is currently working with former boxer and personal friend John Kewkes.
This match is likely to be Brooks last before taking on Amir Khan, who is on one of a resurgence himself. Standing in his way is a less straightforward opponent with Zerafa professional 25-2 record, 14 wins through knockout, but Brook said he will enjoy the challenge.
"I'm glad to be back at Sheffield Arena in front of my people," Brook said. "Special One is back and all my focus and attention is on getting ready to perform a spectacular performance for my loyal fans.
"I want to close the year in a special way and put some blockbuster fights in 2019 – I was the ring side for Amir Khan's final match, so let's see if he will be there on December 8 or will he be shaking for Brook ? "
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, who promotes Khan and Brook, says striking Zerafa may be the last step before the couple meets. "We know the Khan fight is on the horizon, but this is part of Kell's preparations for being razors and lowers his weight to 147 kg." Zerafa aims to destroy the party, "he said. "I'm happy to see Kell back in the ring and I expect Zerafa to give it all."
Zerafa, who usually fights in his native Australia, has a fair record and is convinced that he may be a subdog in his most high-profile match than. "I like being an underdog and I think the Kell Brook team has made the mistake of looking at me," he says. "I'm a completely different fighter to the man who lost Peter Quillin and on December 8, 2012, I will prove that.
"I have already dreamed of killing Kell and playing over and over again in my head. I was born for greatness and December 8 is the beginning of my rise to the top of the sport.
"Kell is a real warrior and a great champion but he has been in some tough fighting and laid many miles on the clock. I see a ship with many holes and too many holes lead to a fallen ship.
"He has been there at the best, but I think I belong in the same ring as these warriors. On December 8, it will be a huge rebellion and I will make many people eat their words."
Jono Carrol will meet Guilaume Frenois in an IBF superfatherweight final eliminator on the subcard, which will also include Josh Kelly and Dave Allen, as they come through unscathed after their fight on Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tony Bellew undercard.
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