Jo Jo Dan has told Kell Brook that his reign as a titleholder will end on March 28 at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. Mandatory challenger Dan travels to the Steel City as Brook’s first opponent for the belt he won in style in California against Shawn Porter in August.
Brook is looking to land a major fight in the summer as he looks to stamp his authority on the lucrative 147lb division – but the 31 year old Canada-based Romanian has other ideas.
“Kell has not fought anyone like me.
“I believe in myself and I don’t think he can bring anything I can’t deal with on fight night.
“I am on schedule with my work and I will be in top shape on March 28. I saw his last fight where he won the World Title and it was a great performance, but I just let my team study him in depth and come up with a winning strategy.
“I want us to put together a super fight for all boxing fans. We both train and aim for the win, so the fans should expect fireworks.
“I have waited a long time to get a World Title shot so I am determined to take advantage of this opportunity. My prediction for the fight is simple – Jo Jo Dan becomes the new IBF Welterweight World champion.”
Dan’s clash with Brook is part of a huge night of boxing in Sheffield as local favourite Adam Etches defends his IBF International Middleweight title against Sergey Khomitsky and Gavin McDonnell continues his fairy tale story challenging Ukrainian Oleksander Yegorov for the vacant European Super Bantamweight title.