Kell Brook faces Rafal Jackiewicz in a World title eliminator at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Saturday night in Sheffield – and promoter Eddie Hearn says it could be Brook’s last fight in the UK before he hits America.
Brook puts his WBA Inter-Continental title on the line against the rugged former European Champion as he continues to knock on the door of the title holders in boxing’s toughest division.
The unbeaten 25 year-old has been linked with a number of blockbuster fights in the new year as a World title shot draws ever closer and Hearn, who was Stateside last week for Darren Barker’s big night with Sergio Martinez, believes he could be ready to make his American debut early in 2012.
“Every time I’m in America I’m bombarded with questions about Kell,” said Hearn. “We have already had some interesting offers and it’s inevitable that Kell will make his mark there soon. Kell has that crossover appeal, superstar potential that will in time make him a global star. First thing first he has to deal with Rafal and do it convincingly – then we are going after that World title.”
Kell Brook and Rafal Jackiewicz will come face-to-face for the first time on Thursday when members of the media are invited to a press conference at the Mercure Hotel in Sheffield at noon for a 12.30pm start. Interviews with both fighters after the press conference will be available.
Friday’s weigh-in for the their clash and the full undercard fight on will take place at The Winter Garden at 1pm – with fight fans welcome to attend.