Brook-Zerafa On For December In Sheffield
Following the rumor of negotiations, Kell Brook and Michael Zerafa have signed on to face off with one another on December 8th at Sheffield Arena, marking Brook’s first fight since defeating Sergey Rabchenko in March.
Not only is Brook looking to set the stage for a showdown with Amir Khan, but a win over the Australian fighter will make him the mandatory challenger for the WBA super-welterweight championship.
Brook will be going on without his long-time trainer Dominic Ingle in his corner due to Ingle’s schedule and has been training with John Fewkes in Fuerteventura in preparation for the 26-year old Zerafa.
“I’m delighted to be back at Sheffield Arena in front of my people,” said Brook. “The Special One is back and all of my focus and attention is on getting myself ready to put on a spectacular performance for my loyal fans.
“I want to close the year in special fashion and set up some blockbuster fights in 2019 – I was ringside for Amir Khan’s last fight, so let’s see if he’ll be there on December 8, or will he be too shook for Brook?
Hearn said: “This is the biggest opportunity of Zerafa’s career and he will be coming over here to take my scalp but there’s levels in this game and I need to put him away to get the big fights that I desire.
“Meticulous work, dedication, preparation and focus has gone into this camp and I will continue to grin until fight week. I can’t wait to see you all at Sheffield Arena on December 8 where I will shine bright under all of the lights!”
Zerafa said: “I thrive from being the underdog and I believe that Kell Brook’s team have made the mistake of overlooking me. I’m a completely different fighter to the man that lost to Peter Quillin and on December 8 I will prove that.
“I’ve already dreamt of beating Kell and replayed the fight over and over 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 true warrior and a great champion but he’s been in some tough fights and put a lot of miles on the clock. I see a ship with a lot of holes and too many holes leads to a sunken ship.
Initial Report: Sky Sports