Brook to fight Jo Jo Dan

Published: Thursday 22nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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World welterweight champion Kell Brook will fight Canada-based Romanian Jo Jo Dan in his first fight since being stabbed in the leg last September, it has been announced.

The 28-year-old will defend the IBF belt he won with victory over Shawn Porter in August at the Motorpoint Arena in his hometown of Sheffield on March 28.

It is a delayed first defence because of the injuries Brook suffered when attacked while on holiday in Tenerife soon after his title victory.

Brook sustained serious leg injuries after being struck by a machete but now feels ready to return to the ring.

Speaking at a press conference in Sheffield, Brook said: “It will be emotional, after winning the world title last year but then a few weeks later having an horrific knife attack.

“I was wondering if I would walk again, never mind fight, but now I am feeling fit.”

Dan, 33, is Brook’s mandatory IBF challenger, although the fight is a voluntary defence. Dan has won 34 of his 36 bouts and beat Canadian Kevin Bizier in his last outing in December.

Brook boasts a clean 33-0 record and hopes to move on to challenge the likes of Amir Khan and Floyd Mayweather further down the line.

He said: “I am getting the mandatory out of the way. I am after those massive fights – you all know the names – later in the summer, but I have to get this one out of the way first, and he is a tough customer.”

Published: Thursday 22nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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