Manager: Kell Brook to face Jo Jo Dan on March 28
IBF welterweight titleholder Kell Brook will make his first title defense on March 28 against Canada-based Romanian Jo Jo Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, England.
The mandatory defense bout, confirmed by Dan’s manager, Chris Ganescu as a “done deal,” will be Brook’s first fight since handing Shawn Porter his first defeat last August to lift the title.
It’ll also be Brook’s first fight since being wounded in the left leg in a machete attack while vacationing in Tenerife, a situation he described to the Daily Mail as “blood spurting everywhere, panicking, thinking I was going to die.”
“I feel so emotional right now. I laid in the hospital thinking I might not walk again – now I am defending my belt at home,” Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) was quoted via the Twitter account of his promoter, Matchroom Sport.
“I am not looking past him; I was a mandatory too like he is. But I am going to work even harder to keep the belt that I earned. I am looking to get my mandatory out the way and get the big fights. He has worked hard to get his shot and he’ll give it his all.”
Dan, 33, has won five straight bouts, with his two defeats coming by decision to Selcuk Aydin. Dan (34-2, 18 knockouts) earned his mandatory shot by defeating Kevin Bizier by split decision in December.
“I am going there to get the belt,” Dan tells RING. “I will be in the best shape. [Brook] is a well-deserved champion but his reign stops March 28.”
The Brook-Dan card titled “Unbreakable” will be supported by the British junior welterweight title defense of Willie Limond (38-4, 10 KOs) against Chris Jenkins (16-0, 8 KOs) of Wales.