Sheffield's Kell Brook to fight Michael Zerafa in December

Kell Brook beat Siarhei Rabchanka in March
Kell Brook beat Siarhei Rabchanka in March

Kell Brook returns home for his next fight, as he takes on Michael Zerafa at the Sheffield Arena on December 8.

‘The Special One’ was last in action in March when he swept away Sergey Rabchenko inside two rounds to claim the WBC Silver Super-Welterweight title.

Former Welterweight Champion Brook is preparing to bring his weight down to 147lbs and must get past Australia’s Zefara in style if he is to secure a long-awaited British battle with former two-weight World Champion Amir Khan in 2019.

With Dominic Ingle unable to be in his corner for this fight due to other commitments, Brook is currently training in Fuerteventura with ex-boxer and friend John Fewkes ahead of his big return.

“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?

“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.

Michael Zerafa is undefeated since losing to Peter Quillin in 2015
Michael Zerafa is undefeated since losing to Peter Quillin in 2015

Zerafa, 26, is a former Commonwealth Super-Welterweight Champion and has secured 14 of his 25 wins via knockout. He has lost just two of his 27 professional fights and insists he will thrive off the underdog status on December 8.

“I thrive from being the underdog and I believe that Kell Brook’s team have made the mistake of overlooking me” said Zerafa.

“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."

The undercard will see unbeaten Irish star Jono Carroll facesFrench former European Champion Guillaume Frenois in a final eliminator to become mandatory challenger to IBF Super-Featherweight Champion Tevin Farmer. 

Sunderland Welterweight talent Josh 'Pretty Boy' Kelly, hugely popular Yorkshire Heavyweight Dave 'White Rhino' Allen and Cork Middleweight Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan all feature.

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