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Brook vs Dan to be televised on Showtime


Brook will defend his title for the first time.

In addition to the doubleheader on March 28 featuring Jhonny Gonzalez vs Gary Russell Jr, Showtime has picked up the IBF welterweight title fight between Kell Brook and Jo Jo Dan.

Brook (33-0, 22 KO) will be making the first defense of his title after winning it from Shawn Porter in an upset victory last August. He will be looking to get past Dan in an effort to set up big fights with some of the top dogs in the welterweight division.

“After everything that’s happened over the last six months, it feels incredible knowing I will be defending my World title in Sheffield,” Brook said. “I’m not looking past JoJo I know he will bring the heat but I want to get this mandatory defence done and then target those mega-fights that are out there in the division. I know he feels he 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. After May 2nd, there will only be two champions in the division—myself and Floyd or Manny. I want to unify this division in style. I’m coming for them all.”

Riding a five fight win streak, Dan (34-2, 18 KO) last won a split decision over Kevin Bizier last December to earn a shot at Brook’s title. At the age of 33, this will be Dan’s first try at world championship.

“Kell has not fought anyone like me,” Dan said. “I believe in myself and I don’t think he can bring anything I can’t deal with on fight night. 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 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.”

Brook vs Dan takes place on Saturday, March 28, live on SHOWTIME at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT from the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England.

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