Kell Brook looks to ‘target mega-fights’ after Jo Jo Dan
IBF welterweight titleholder Kell Brook said he is ready to “target those mega-fights” should he get beyond his his first defense against Jo Jo Dan on March 28 at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England.
“I want to get this mandatory out of the way and then target those mega-fights that are out there in the division,” Brook (33-0, 22 knockouts), who won his belt by unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Shawn Porter in August.
“There is no chance that I will be underestimating Jo Jo Dan though as I know how he will be feeling, having worked so hard to get into the mandatory position just like I did. But I will be working twice as hard to keep the belt that I earned.”
The 28-year-old Brook has also recovered from a leg wound resulting from a September stabbing incident in Tenerife, Spain.
“After everything that’s happened over the last six months,” said Brook, “it feels incredible knowing I will be defending my world title in Sheffield.”
A 33-year-old southpaw, Dan (34-2, 18 KOs) is 8-2, with four knockouts over the course of his past 10 fights and is riding a five-bout winning streak that includes two stoppages. Dan’s losses during that time were both to Selcuk Aydin by split decision and unanimous decision in June 2010 and November 2011, respectively.
Dan is coming off last month’s split decision over Kevin Bizier, whom he had also beaten by split decision in November 2013. The wins over Bizier bracketed a fifth round technical knockout of Lukasz Janik in May.
“Jo Jo Dan is a tough fight. There’s no way that Kell can be anything but 100 percent to beat him and I have no doubt that he will be. There are some massive fights out there for Kell if he can take care of Jo Jo,” said promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.
“But his focus is solely on Dan and I expect him to shine on March 28…To see Kell walk out in front of a sold-out crowd in his hometown of Sheffield is going to be an emotional night. Kell has gone to America and beaten an American to win the world title. It’s a massive achievement and it shows that he is a very, very special fighter.”
Note: Quotes from a release