Kell Brook and Amir Khan remain on a collision course early next year, however prior to that Brook needs to get another convincing performance under his belt. On the 8 December Brook will have that opportunity against Michael Zerafa in front of his home fans in Sheffield and under the watchful eye of promotor Eddie Hearn and stablemate Amir Khan. Boxing News previews the fight with their betting tips and don’t forget to check out the enhanced odds available.
The story of the fight
Kell Brook returns to his Sheffield hometown for the second time this year. In March he came back from his damaging 2017 defeat to Errol Spence, without his IBF title and now up at super-welterweight. He knocked out Sergey Rabchenko well enough but the real challenge for him would be deciding what direction to take his career in next. Ought he to stay at 154lbs? Or should he attempt to go back down to welterweight and continue his pursuit of long-time rival Amir Khan? How he performs on December 8 at the Sheffield Arena against Michael Zerafa will inform that choice.
Zerafa is a 25-2 Australian who has fought regularly at super-welterweight and even as high as middleweight. He has won the Commonwealth title and boxed Peter Quillin, losing to the former middleweight world champion inside five rounds. If he could beat Brook, it would represent the biggest scalp of his career.
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What they say
Brook says: “I’m delighted to be back at Sheffield Arena in front of my people. 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.
“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 says: “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.
“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.
“He’s been in there with the best, but I believe I belong in the same ring as those fighters. On December 8 there will be a huge upset and I will make a lot of people eat their words.”
Kell Brook v Michael Zerafa Prediction
There is a significant difference in Brook’s training camp. For this fight Dominic Ingle will not be in his corner. He has been training with John Fewkes in Fuerteventura and Fewkes will be handling his corner for this fight. This was due to Ingle’s schedule and commitments with his other fighters not meshing with Brook’s schedule but Fewkes maintains it’s for one fight only. It remains to be seen whether this will disrupt Brook or bring out something new.
Brook however is expected to beat Zerafa inside the distance.
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