Kell Brook returns to the ring next month
Galahad, Harper and Allen also feature on bumper card at Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena
Kell Brook will make his return to the ring against Mark DeLuca at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield on Saturday 8 February on a bumper bill featuring Kid Galahad taking on Claudio Marrero in a Final Eliminator for the IBF Featherweight crown, Terri Harper clashing with Eva Wahlstrom for the WBC Super-Featherweight World Title and the return of Heavyweight favourite Dave Allen.
Standing in Brook’s way is the USA’s DeLuca (24-1, 13 KOs), a southpaw hailing from Whitman in Massachusetts nicknamed ‘The Bazooka’ who is currently enjoying a three-fight winning streak, picking up the NABA Super-Welterweight title on the undercard of Andrade vs. Kautondokwa in October 2018.
“I’m so happy to be back and I can’t wait to put on a performance for my city on February 8th live on Sky Sports,” says Brook. “I’ve had a year out, there has been some dark times but what I’ve realised is I love this sport and I know I have some of my biggest years left in the game. DeLuca is a strong, gutsy fighter who is always ready for war but I’m planning on putting on a statement and showing the world that I’m still a force at 154 or 147lbs.”
Galahad (26-1, 15 KOs) fell short in a close and controversial battle with IBF Featherweight kingpin Josh Warrington at the First Direct Arena in Leeds earlier this year but the Sheffield contender has earned a golden opportunity to land another shot at the 126lbs World Title when he meets ‘The Matrix’.
Marrero (24-3, 17 KOs) captured the interim WBA Featherweight World Title with a one round demolition of Carlos Zambrano in 2017 and the 30-year-old from the Dominican Republic is determined to shatter Galahad’s dreams and set up another attempt at gold for himself.
"Every opponent at this level has to be respected and that’s what I’ll do," says Galahad. "He’s a game kid in a life changing fight, similar to me. So it will be a tough night but I’ll prepare fully.
"I am grateful to the IBF, Matchroom and my team for making sure they made a sensible decision to get me back into the final eliminator - something I think is deserved and most of the fans do too.
“I’ve had many people believe I won the first fight with Warrington but what’s written in the record books is what counts. I’ll focus fully on Marrero now and then if and when we get through that - I’ll look to right the wrongs of the first fight. Let's hope Josh sticks around to take the rematch as many of his own fans and neutrals came out saying he didn’t do enough to have his arm raised the first night."
Harper (9-0, 5 KOs) got off to a flying start under the Matchroom Boxing banner with a polished performance to outpoint tough Brazilian Viviane Obenauf in the first defence of her IBO Super-Featherweight World Title on her 23rd birthday in November.
That win set up a shot at the famous green and gold WBC Super-Featherweight World Title owned by Finland’s Wahlstrom (23-1-2, 3 KOs), a veteran of women’s boxing who will be making the sixth defence of her title against rising star Harper.
“I’m really looking forward to be fighting back in Sheffield, this time as a Matchroom fighter and fighting for one of the most prestigious World Title belts in my opinion,” says Harper. “I know that there’s boxers out there who would give anything for this opportunity that I’ve been given, so we’re leaving no stone left unturned.
“Being local and having the home crowd behind me on the night, the atmosphere is going to be electric - I know this is going to push me on to win the belt not only for me but for every single supporter.”
Tickets for Saturday 8 February 2020 are priced £46.95, £69.45, & £114.45 (including fees) and are on sale now through the Arena’s website or through the ticket hotline on 0114 256 56 56.