Kell Brook set to fight Frankie Gavin on May 30
IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (34-0, 23 KOs) will fight Frankie Gavin (21-1, 13 KOs) on May 30 at The 02 Arena in London.
Unbeaten Brook will make the second defence of his title against countryman Gavin, on a card that also features two other world title fights - Londoner Kevin Mitchell (39-2, 29 KOs) challenges WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares (38-3, 25 KOs), while Welshman Lee Selby (20-1, 8 KOs) takes on Evgeny Gradovich (19-0-1, 9 KOs) for his IBF featherweight title.
After Brook annihilated mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan, dropping him four times on the way to a knockout victory last month, promoter Eddie Hearn set his sights on a lucrative all-British showdown with Amir Khan on June 13 at Wembley Stadium.
However, Khan was not interested, so the opportunity goes to British and Commonwealth champion Gavin.
Brook, who was out of the ring for more than seven months after being stabbed in the left leg while on holiday in Tenerife last September, vowed to remain active for the remainder of 2015 and is ready for a quick return, so Hearn added him to the May 30 card.
“I never expected to be out again so quickly but I can't wait," said Brook. "I respect Frankie for stepping up. He has called for this fight for a long time, and after he was given a final eliminator against Tim Bradley it made sense for him to take the challenge.
"I feel like I'm unbeatable right now and Gavin isn’t going to be able to cope with my speed and power on fight night. The O2 is one of the best arenas in the world and it’s an honour to headline a card like this.”
Gavin said: “These are the fights you want to be part of and it's where I belong. I’ve dreamt of a world title and I will be 100 per cent ready physically and mentally for Kell Brook. Of course it’s going to be tough, but I believe Kell is beatable and I've always felt that I have got the skills and the team to cause an upset.”
Also on the card, British heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua (11-0, 11 KOs) faces the toughest test of his career against former world title challenger Kevin Johnson (29-6-1, 14 KOs).