Former World Champion Kell Brook will return to the ring on December 8th where awaiting him will be the challenge of Michael Zerafa in a WBA world super-welterweight eliminator at the Sheffield Arena.
Brook was last seen in action on March 3rd needing only two rounds to stop Sergey Rabchenko in claiming the vacant WBC ‘silver’ super-welterweight title.
“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, 26, is a former Commonwealth super-welterweight champion with a record of 25-2, 14 KOs who says will thrive off the underdog status.
“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.
“He’s been in there with the best, but I believe I belong in the same ring as those fighters. On December 8 there will be a huge upset and I will make a lot of people eat their words.”