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Kell Brook v Devon Alexander confirmed for February 23in Detroit

Brook vows to bring world title back to Britain as Alexander bout is confirmed

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UPDATED:

11:43 GMT, 18 December 2012

Kell Brook will challenge for Devon Alexander's IBF world welterweight title on February 23 in Detroit.

The Sheffield star had been pencilled in to fight the American next month in either Los Angeles or Las Vegas but an ankle injury forced the bout to be delayed.

The 26-year-old earned the right to face Alexander by stopping Hector Saldivia inside three rounds in the final eliminator in Sheffield in October.

The Special One: Kell Brook will head to Detroit in February for a crack at the IBF welterweight title

The Special One: Kell Brook will head to Detroit in February for a crack at the IBF welterweight title

Brook tweeted this morning: 'Feb 23 I'm gonna show the world just how Special I am. I'm gonna bring this world title home for Britain.'

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Alexander's promoters Golden Boy, confirmed the fight could be one of three world title bouts.

'We'll have two world title fights, and it could turn out to be three, so if we bring three world title fights, including one with hometown champion [Cornelius] 'K9' Bundrage, I think we will do darn well there,' he told ESPN.

Home advantage: Devon Alexander will be defending his crown on home soil

Home advantage: Devon Alexander will be defending his crown on home soil

'Detroit is a great fight town.

Alexander won the IBF strap with a unanimous decision over Randall Bailey just hours after Brook's decisive victory.

The 25-year-old is a two-weight world champion having previously held the IBF and WBC light-welterweight titles before losing to Timothy Bradley in January.

Hector "Macho" Camacho: Former boxing champion in serious condition after being shot

Former champ Hector 'Macho' Camacho in critical condition after being shot in the face in Puerto Rico

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UPDATED:

09:35 GMT, 21 November 2012

Former world boxing champion Hector 'Macho' Camacho was shot in the face as he sat in a car outside the Puerto Rican capital yesterday.

Doctors said he was in serious condition but is expected to survive.

Another man in the car, whose relationship to the 50-year-old Camacho wasn't immediately known, died in the attack in which at least one gunman opened fire on their vehicle in the city of Bayamon, according to a statement from police.

Bout: Hector Camacho, right, throws a punch at Troy Lowry in a 2001 fight

Bout: Hector Camacho, right, throws a punch at Troy Lowry in a 2001 fight

Camacho was rushed to Centro Medico, the trauma center in San Juan, where he was in critical but stable condition, Dr. Ernesto Torres, the hospital director, told reporters.

The bullet apparently struck him in the jaw but exited his head and lodged in his right shoulder and fractured two vertebrae, Torres said.

The doctor said the boxer, who was
trailed by drug and alcohol problems during a career that included some
high-profile bouts, could be paralyzed from the shooting.

'Camacho's condition is extremely delicate,' he told Telenoticias. 'His physical condition will help him but we will see.'

Fallen champion: Hector Camacho was shot in the face while in a car outside a bar in Puerto Rico

Fallen champion: Hector Camacho was shot in the face while in a car outside a bar in Puerto Rico

No arrests have been made in the shooting, police said.

Camacho representative Steve Tannenbaum said he was told by friends at the hospital that the boxer would make it.

'This guy is a cat with nine lives. He's been through so much,' he said. 'If anybody can pull through it will be him.'

The fighter's last title bout came against then-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya in 1997, a loss by unanimous decision.

Tannenbaum said he was going to fight two years ago in Denmark until his opponent pulled out and that they were looking at a possible bout in 2013.

'We were talking comeback even though he is 50,' he said. 'I felt he was capable of it.'

Camacho was born in Bayamon, one of the cities that make up the San Juan metropolitan area. He won super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight world titles in the 1980s.

Camacho has fought other high-profile bouts in his career against Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Camacho knocked out Leonard in 1997, ending what was that former champ's final comeback attempt.

Retired: Camacho's last title bout came against then-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya in 1997, a loss by unanimous decision

Retired: Camacho's last title bout came against then-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya in 1997, a loss by unanimous decision

Camacho has a career record of 79-5-3, with his most recent fight coming in 2009.

Drug, alcohol and other problems have trailed Camacho since the prime of his boxing career.

He was sentenced in 2007 to seven years in prison for the burglary of a computer store in Mississippi.

While arresting him on the burglary charge in January 2005, police also found the drug ecstasy.

A judge eventually suspended all but one year of the sentence and gave Camacho probation. He wound up serving two weeks in jail, though, after violating that probation.

Twice his wife filed domestic abuse complaints against him, and she filed for divorce several years ago.

Amir Khan promises to fight Kell Brook if he beats Devon Alexander

Bring on Brook! Khan promises to fight British rival if he wins world title

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UPDATED:

10:35 GMT, 12 November 2012

Amir Khan has handed Kell Brook an even bigger incentive to beat Devon Alexander in his world title fight by promising to fight the winner.

Brook is set to challenge for the IBF belt on January 19 in either New York or Las Vegas after maneuvering himself into the mandatory position with victory over Hector Saldivia last month.

And should the 26-year-old upset the odds in America, he could set up an all-British summer showdown against bitter rival Khan.

Back in action: Amir Khan (left) returns to the ring on December 15

Back in action: Amir Khan (left) returns to the ring on December 15

'I think it's a great fight,' Khan told BoxingScene. 'I think it's a great step up for Brook because he has been fighting at a lower level.

'I'm surprised he's taking the fight with Devon Alexander. Devon Alexander is a great fighter. It is a great fight for the welterweight division and in the future I can fight the winner.

'If he gets past Devon Alexander, then I think it makes sense to have a fight with him – and he'll have a world title [so] it makes sense to fight Brook maybe in the UK – it would be huge.'

Khan himself returns to action on December 15 against undefeated Carlos Molina in Los Angeles.

Title shot: Kell Brook

Title shot: Kell Brook

It will be the first time the 25-year-old has fought under the guidance of new trainer Virgil Hunter.

And the Bolton man is all too aware that he must get back to winning ways if he is to fight the world's biggest names.

'There’s always pressure when I fight but I definitely have to win this because if I lose, I’m done,' Khan said.

'This
is a fight I need to win, 100 per cent. If I don’t win it I’m done.
It’s that simple. The big super-fights I’ve always dreamed about won’t
be there if I lose this. Pacquiao, Mayweather — forget it.'

In an attempt to revitalize his
fortunes, Khan took the bold step of ditching revered trainer Freddie
Roach in favour of the quietly-spoken San Francisco-based Hunter.

'It’s a very tight community in that
gym. You need to have people there you trust. Virgil keeps it very
limited and that’s what I like about it,' he added.

'You’re not bothered about who’s watching, you’re not training for a crowd, or fans.'

Kell Brook to fight Devon Alexander for IBF welterweight title in January 2013

Brook to fight IBF king Alexander for shot at world welterweight crown

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UPDATED:

10:59 GMT, 11 November 2012


Title shot: Kell Brook

Title shot: Kell Brook

Kell Brook has been offered a shot at Devon Alexander’s IBF welterweight world title in January.

The 26-year-old from Sheffield earned a crack at the belt when he stopped Argentinian Hector Saldivia inside three rounds last month in the final eliminator.

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed a deal has been proposed for a title fight on January 19 – either in Las Vegas or New York – and indicated an agreement is likely to be reached this week.

Hearn said: 'We have received an offer to fight Devon for the IBF world title on January 19. In principle we are happy with the terms and will now work to try and get this made this week.

Champion: Brook will look to win Devon Alexander's IBF welterweight title in January

Champion: Brook will look to win Devon Alexander's IBF welterweight title in January

'The venue looks like NYC or Vegas but definitely not St Louis (where Alexander is based).'

Brook is undefeated after 29 professional fights and will be looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow Wincobank Gym graduates Naseem Hamed and Johnny Nelson in winning a world title.

Giancarlo Poveda rejects Arsenal for Barcelona

Blow for Arsenal as promising Colombian kid Poveda chooses Barcelona

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UPDATED:

15:51 GMT, 1 November 2012

Barcelona look to have beaten Arsenal to the punch on exciting young Colombian Giancarlo Poveda.

The 14-year-old winger had been training with Arsenal for a number of weeks after leaving Puerto Malagueno and looked set to sign but Barcelona have stepped in.

Poveda has already figured in a couple of friendlies for the Spaniards and played for Barcelona’s youth side against Jabac on Tuesday. They are now confident he is ready to commit to the club.

Teenage kicks: 14-year-old Colombian winger Giancarlo Poveda has opted to join Barcelona despite having a trial at Arsenal

Teenage kicks: 14-year-old Colombian winger Giancarlo Poveda has opted to join Barcelona despite having a trial at Arsenal

His family are based in Malaga and that has helped convince him that Barcelona is the ideal place for his career to develop.

The two clubs have locked horns over players frequently in recent seasons.

Barca are still upset at losing Jon Toral and Hector Bellern to Arsenal last year – rated as two of the most promising talents to emerge from their famed La Masia academy.

Now the potential signing of Poveda is being hailed as a retaliatory blow.

Kell Brook and Devon Alexander must fight next

Alexander must fight Brook for world title, warns IBF as negotiations continue

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UPDATED:

18:31 GMT, 29 October 2012

Devon Alexander has been ordered to defend his IBF welterweight title against mandatory challenger Kell Brook or risk losing his belt.

The 25-year-old American won the strap when he outpointed Randall Bailey on October 20, just hours after Brook, 26, knocked out Hector Saldivia in the final eliminator.

And the IBF now expect Alexander and Brook to fight before the end of February.

Champion: Devon Alexander (right) must fight Kell Brook next

Champion: Devon Alexander (right) must fight Kell Brook next

Both camps are holding out for home advantage with Brook's promoter Eddie Hearn keen to bring the bout to Sheffield.

But if an agreement cannot be reached, the clash will go to purse bids by the end of November.

'They (Team Alexander) have not been given a deadline. If things go as planned the two should fight within about 135 days,' IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker told World Boxing News.

'The fight would then go to bids if the parties cannot come to an agreement as Brook is his mandatory and Alexander can’t fight an optional.'

Alexander's trainer Kevin Cunningham insists his charge wants to fight on home soil.

Bidding war: Eddie Hearn (right) wants Brook to fight in Sheffield

Bidding war: Eddie Hearn (right) wants Brook to fight in Sheffield

'I don't see anything special about Kell Brook,' he told ESPN. 'He can be next if he comes to the US We plan on defending the title and we will fight Brook anywhere in the US.'

But Hearn remains confident he can bring the title fight to Sheffield.

'We will be doing all we can to try and make this fight in the UK,' he said. 'I read Kevin Cunningham's comments and, with all due respect, it's not up to him or Devon where the fight is.

'We have now entered an official negotiation period with his team, and if we can't find a middle ground, then we will go to purse bids. If I win the purse bids, then Alexander has no choice but to come and fight in England or vacate the title.

'I know we can easily fill the 12,000-seat Sheffield Arena, and we also have significant domestic and international TV backing. If we are in a purse bid situation, I am confident we can be very competitive.'

Kell Brook dismissed by Devon Alexander

Who the Kell are you Champion Alexander dismisses Brook challenge

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UPDATED:

22:54 GMT, 24 October 2012

World welterweight champion Devon Alexander has delivered a stinging riposte to mandatory challenger Kell Brook – claiming he doesn’t even know who he is.

Sheffield star Brook knocked out Hector Saldivia inside three rounds in the final eliminator for the IBF title last Saturday.

He hopes to lure Alexander to Britain early next year but the American insisted he is unfazed by the challenge.

Champion: Devon Alexander (right) has taken no notice of Kell Brook

Champion: Devon Alexander (right) has taken no notice of Kell Brook

‘I didn’t see the fight and I barely know Kell Brook,’ Alexander told World Boxing News.

‘We will see what my advisor Al Haymon and my trainer Kevin Cunningham come up with. Right now, I’m not even worried about Kell Brook because I barely know him and who is he anyway

‘I never saw him fight before so I can’t rate him, but maybe he can be used as a tune up. Right now there are a lot of options and I’ll just leave it up to my trainer and advisor to deal with.’

Down and out: Brook beat Hector Saldivia in Sheffield on Saturday

Down and out: Brook beat Hector Saldivia in Sheffield on Saturday

Brook took just 28 seconds of the third round to end the challenge of Saldivia having also had his Argentinian opponent on the canvas in the opening session.

The 26-year-old admitted afterwards that he would be open to fighting British rival Amir Khan ahead of a bout with Alexander.

Kell Brook will fight for world title or Amir Khan

Brook on brink of world title but Khan blockbuster looms large on horizon

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UPDATED:

14:19 GMT, 21 October 2012

In stopping Hector Saldivia inside three punch-perfect rounds on Saturday, Kell Brook delivered on his promise to re-establish himself as Britain’s brightest boxing prospect.

Having come dangerously close to seeing his dream of winning a world title ripped from his grasp against Carson Jones in July, the Sheffield welterweight made no such mistake in front of a 7,000-strong home crowd.

Brook, 26, has now levered himself into the mandatory position to fight newly-crowned IBF champion Devon Alexander in the early part of 2013.

Early night: Kell Brook knocked out Hector Saldivia in the third round

Early night: Kell Brook knocked out Hector Saldivia in the third round

After flooring Saldivia in the opening round with a stiff uppercut, Brook completed his night’s work 28 seconds into the third session when the Argentine walked on to a thunderous jab.

‘It was easier than I thought it would be,’ he admitted. ‘This was the best prepared I’ve ever been for a fight.

‘In the dressing room, there was no doubt. I knew that if I lost, I would have been beaten by a monster.

‘Me and Dom [trainer Ingle] looked at the fight for the first time. I never look at tapes as people always fight differently when they get in the ring, but for this I did everything. I had everything down to a tee.’

Next up: Brook is the mandatory challenger to Devon Alexander (right)

Next up: Brook is the mandatory challenger to Devon Alexander (right)

But luring Alexander, who relieved Randall Bailey of his belt in New York hours after Brook’s triumph, to Yorkshire could prove a step too far.

Even if Sky dip their toes back into pay-per-view waters for the first time since David Haye’s defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011, Missourian Alexander could instead opt to relinquish his belt for a far more lucrative re-match with WBO champion Timothy Bradley.

Either way, Brook will fight for a world title next year but there remains the tantalising prospect of a British blockbuster with bitter rival Amir Khan in the meantime.

Showdown: Brook could face Amir Khan in a British blockbuster next year

Showdown: Brook could face Amir Khan in a British blockbuster next year

The Manchester Arena, which hosts Ricky Hatton’s comeback against Vyacheslav Senchenko next month, was mooted as a possible springtime venue if a suitable stadium can’t be found although this seemingly inevitable fight would have added lustre if there was a world title on the line.

The Bolton fighter returns to action against Carlos Molina on December 15 as he bids to get his career back on track following successive defeats.

‘Khan’s going to get schooled, Brook pledged. ‘He gives it the chat but when we get in the ring I’m going to be relentless and take him out.’

Kell Brook hopes to avenge Diego Maradona"s Hand of God

Hand of Kell! Brook ready to punish Argentine Saldivia in final eliminator

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UPDATED:

10:57 GMT, 16 October 2012

Kell Brook has promised to avenge Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal against England in 1986 by punishing Argentina's Hector Saldivia in Sheffield on Saturday.

The 26-year-old hopes to take the final step towards a world title fight when he faces Saldivia in the IBF welterweight final eliminator.

And Brook has called on the Steel City to give him a helping hand during what he expects to be his toughest fight to date.

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Payback: Brook hopes to avenge Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal

Payback: Brook hopes to avenge Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal

Brook said: 'This is going to be the toughest fight of my career. Saldivia is a dangerous opponent and I really need my fans to get behind me. Their support can spur me on to that title shot.

'There’s a strong sporting rivalry between England and Argentina, and I’m going to do my bit to settle an old score. I hope the nation gets behind me this weekend.'

Brook will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to 29 fights against Saldivia who boasts a record of 41 wins from 43 bouts, including 32 knockouts.

Raring to go: Kell Brook (left) takes on Hector Saldivia on Saturday

Raring to go: Kell Brook (left) takes on Hector Saldivia on Saturday

And the Sheffield man is calling on his supporters to send messages of support via Twitter using the hashtag #HandOfKell.

The most inspirational ones will be printed onto a limited edition set of gloves which will be awarded to the person who tweets the most inspirational message.

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Amir Khan and Kell Brook fight is inevitable

Talks open between Khan and Brook ahead of 'inevitable' all-British clash

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UPDATED:

12:42 GMT, 12 October 2012

Amir Khan and Kell Brook are heading for a British blockbuster next summer after promoter Eddie Hearn admitted talks have taken place between the two camps.

The domestic rivals have long baited each other over who would come out on top and tensions rose again when the pair appeared on Sky Sports’ Ringside last week.

Brook faces Hector Saldivia in the final eliminator for the IBF world welterweight title next Saturday while Khan bids to get his career back on track against Carlos Molina in Los Angeles on December 15.

On the up: Kell Brook (right) is closing in on a world title fight next year

On the up: Kell Brook (right) is closing in on a world title fight next year

Should Brook come through against the Argentine, he will face Randall Bailey or Devon Alexander for the belt early next year.

Victory in that fight would pave the way for a showdown with Khan who has long promised to step up a division.

‘I first spoke to Asif Vali, Amir Khan's manager after the (Danny) Garcia fight, thinking about a potential Brook versus Khan fight in the winter or early next year,’ Hearn told Sky Sports.

‘Those discussions continued after their recent appearances on Ringside. I think this fight is inevitable, it's too big to be ignored. It's what the fans want to see, it's what the public want to see and I believe both fighters want the fight.

Up for it: Amir Khan returns to the ring in Los Angeles in December

Up for it: Amir Khan returns to the ring in Los Angeles in December

‘Amir Khan believes he can deal with Kell Brook and Kell Brook certainly believes he can deal with Amir Khan.

’We've got business to take care of next week in a packed Sheffield Arena, a final eliminator against Hector Saldivia to become mandatory for the IBF title.

‘We hope he will go on to face either Devon Alexander or Randall Bailey very early next year and then look at a Khan fight in the future.

‘It's getting closer and closer and the first indications are coming from their team that they really want this fight.’