Kell Brook vs Mark DeLuca in defied on February 8, live on Sky Sports

Kell Brook will make his eagerly-anticipated return to the ring in opposition to Mark DeLuca on the FlyDSA Area in Sheffield on Saturday February 8, live on Sky Sports.

The bumper invoice options Child Galahad taking on Claudio Marrero in a ultimate eliminator for the IBF featherweight crown, Terri Harper clashing with Eva Wahlstrom for the WBC super-featherweight title and the return of heavyweight favorite Dave Allen.

“I’m so happy to be back and I can’t wait to put on a performance for my city on February 8, live on Sky Sports,” stated Brook. “I’ve had a year out, there has been some dark times but what I’ve realised is I love this sport and I know I have some of my biggest years left in the game.

DeLuca is a strong, gutsy fighter who is always ready for war but I’m planning on putting on a statement and showing the world that I’m still a force at 154 or 147lbs.” Galahad (26-1, 15 KOs) fell quick in an in depth and controversial battle with IBF featherweight kingpin Josh Warrington in Leeds earlier this year however the Sheffield contender has earned a golden alternative to land one other shot on the 126lbs title when he meets ‘The Matrix’.

Standing in his approach is the USA’s DeLuca (24-1, 13 KOs), a southpaw hailing from Whitman in Massachusetts nicknamed ‘The Bazooka’, who’s at the moment having fun with a three-fight successful streak.

Galahad (26-1, 15 KOs) fell short in a close and controversial battle with IBF featherweight kingpin Josh Warrington in Leeds earlier this year but the Sheffield contender has earned a golden opportunity to land another shot at the 126lbs title when he meets ‘The Matrix’.

Marrero (24-3, 17 KOs) captured the interim WBA featherweight title with a one-round demolition of Carlos Zambrano in 2017 and the 30-year-old from the Dominican Republic is set to shatter Galahad’s desires and arrange one other try at gold for himself.

“Every opponent at this level has to be respected and that’s what I’ll do,” stated Galahad. “He is a sport child in a life altering struggle, just like me. So it is going to be a tricky evening however I am going to put together absolutely.

“I’m grateful to the IBF, Matchroom and my crew for ensuring they made a smart choice to get me again into the Closing Eliminator – one thing I feel is deserved and many of the followers do too.

“I’ve had many people believe I won the first fight with Warrington but what’s written in the record books is what counts.

“I’ve had many people believe I won the first fight with Warrington but what’s written in the record books is what counts. I’ll focus fully on Marrero now and then if and when we get through that – I’ll look to right the wrongs of the first fight. Let’s hope Josh sticks around to take the rematch as many of his own fans and neutrals came out saying he didn’t do enough to have his arm raised the first night.”

” Harper (9-0, 5 KOs) received off to a flying begin underneath the Matchroom Boxing banner with a refined efficiency to outpoint powerful Brazilian Viviane Obenauf in the primary defence of her IBO super-featherweight title.

“I’m really looking forward to be fighting back in Sheffield, this time as a Matchroom fighter and fighting for one of the most prestigious world title belts,” stated Harper. “I do know that there is boxers on the market who would give something for this chance that I have been given, so we’re leaving no stone unturned.

“Being local and having the home crowd behind me on the night, the atmosphere is going to be electric – I know this is going to push me on to win the belt not only for me but for every single supporter.

” Allen (17-5-2, 14 KOs) makes his long-awaited ring return after taking a while out of boxing following his defeat to David Worth at The O2 in London in July and the ‘White Rhino’ has his eyes set on securing a shot on the British title in 2020.

Allen stated: “It’s an honour to be boxing alongside some of my friends and to see Kell Brook return to action. I’m coming back to win the British title and that’s my aim for 2020, this is the start of that journey.”

Adam Smith, Sky Sports head of boxing, stated: “We’re delighted to see Kell Brook again in motion on Sky Sports in entrance of his hometown followers in Sheffield.

“Kell will probably be decided to show he can nonetheless battle with the perfect, together with British rival Amir Khan, and we hope he can arrange a blockbuster struggle for later in the year.

“It’s an exciting early addition to our 2020 schedule, with Kid Galahad trying to force his way back into world title contention, the excellent Terri Harper can become Britain’s latest world champion, and David Allen always guarantees entertainment.”

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