Kell Brook to face Bizier in hometown defence of world title

Kell Brook (Picture: Dean Wolley)Kell Brook (Picture: Dean Wolley)
Kell Brook (Picture: Dean Wolley)
Sheffield's world champion Kell Brook will defend his IBF welterweight title against mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier on home soil in March.

Brook will top the bill at the Sheffield Arena on March 26, with Hull’s Olympic champion Luke Campbell set to appear on the undercard as he looks to bounce back following his shock first professional defeat in London in December.

Brook makes the third defence of the crown and his second in his hometown fortress of the Steel City following wins against Jo Jo Dan and Frankie Gavin at The O2 in London.

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‘The Special One’ meets his mandatory challenger for the second time since landing the title with a famous win over Shaun Porter in California in August 2014, and returns to action having shaken off the rib injury that forced him out of a defence against Diego Chaves in October.

“I’m delighted to be back fighting at the Sheffield Arena again,” said Brook.

“While I was gutted to miss out on fighting in October, I’ve fully recovered from the injury and feel stronger than ever. I’ve been working hard in the gym and working on new things, and I cannot wait to put on another explosive performance for my hometown fans and prove I am the best 147-pound fighter on the planet.”

Bizier earned the mandatory spot with the IBF in November when he forced the unbeaten American-Ghanaian Fredrick Lawson after ten toe-to-toe rounds in Miami, where the Canadian floored Lawson in the fifth round en route to the crucial victory.

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The 31-year-old brings an impressive record of 25 wins with 17 inside the distance to his first fight outside of Canada and America, and the challenger believes he’ll relieve Brook of the title on March 26.

“The most important thing was the date,” said Bizier.

“March 26 is perfect for me. I am already in great physical condition and I will have the perfect preparation in Montréal with my trainer Marc Ramsay.

“I know I will be the underdog once again, but I guarantee you I will give the fight of my life. I am optimistic and I already fought in England as an amateur. Having the crowd against me does not bother me at all.”