Kell Brook to battle Errol Spence at Bramall Lane on May 27
IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) will defend his title against mandatory challenger Errol Spence (21-0, 18 KOs) on May 27 at Bramall Lane in Sheffield.
Brook won the IBF belt when outpointing Shawn Porter in August 2014, and makes his fourth world title defence at the home of Sheffield United FC.
The Sheffield fighter demolished Jo Jo Dan, Frankie Gavin and Kevin Bizier in his previous title defences before stepping up two weight divisions to face middleweight king Gennady Golovkin, who defeated him by fifth round TKO last September, Brook's first professional defeat.
Now Brook returns to the 147lbs division to take on unbeaten American Spence, who has stopped all of his last eight opponents, including a one-sided fifth round TKO over former WBO welterweight champion Chris Algieri.
"I’m so excited about this fight and also about making history in my city," said Brook. "It’s long been a dream of mine to fight outdoors at Bramall Lane and I’m pleased to do that in the biggest fight in the Welterweight division.
"I saw many people talk about how I avoid Errol Spence. They don’t know me, they don’t know what I’m about. All I’ve ever wanted to do is to give the fans the fights they want and they have it right here on May 27. I’m going to show the world that I’m the best Welterweight on the planet and I’m going to do it right before my people’s eyes."
Spence said: "I’m happy I’m finally getting an opportunity to accomplish a lifelong dream of becoming a world champion.
"I feel that this is one of the best and biggest fights in world boxing and I am 100 per cent focused and determined to bring the belt back home to the USA. On May 27 I will be more than ready."