Kell Brook is fighting for his future when he faces Michael Zerafa in Sheffield on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.
Fresh plans are being drawn up for the former world champion, with a long-awaited clash against Amir Khan still to be agreed, and the 32-year-old will want to end the year with an emphatic win, in what could be his final hometown fight.Zerafa has only suffered two defeats in 27 bouts, racking up eight wins since his last loss to Peter Quillin in 2015, but Brook is feeling fresh and focused after a long camp with new trainer John Fewkes.
ith Khan looking towards WBO champion Terence Crawford, Brook could switch his sights to any of the other world champions at welterweight, or move up again to challenge for titles at super-welterweight.
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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.
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.
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’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?