Kell Brook
Kell Brook is ready to begin his return to the ring Getty Images

Kell Brook's return to the ring after he was stabbed while on holiday in Tenerife will be confirmed on Monday 19 January, as the IBF welterweight champion announces who he will defend his title against in March.

The Sheffield-born fighter has not fought since defeating Shawn Porter in August, after requiring life-saving surgery following an attack while on the Canary Island that saw him stabbed four times.

Brook's return has been delayed as he makes a full recovery from the injuries to his leg and arm but is now ready to begin his defence of his IBF crown he won in stunning fashion in California.

Dan Ion represents the mandatory challenger for the Briton's title but is not expected to be confirmed as Brook's first opponent of 2015, while Paulie Malignaggi has also been ruled out.

Amir Khan is also unlikely to be a contender as he chases a May fight with Floyd Mayweather, with Canadian Kevin Bizier and American Timothy Bradley among the other contenders.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: "I can't wait to finally see Kell make that walk at the Motorpoint Arena as world champion.

"2014 was a year of incredible highs and lows, and the bravery he has shown to come back from that life-threatening injury has been quite remarkable.

"People doubted Kell before he ripped the world title from Porter in America. The fact is that Kell is a special fighter and I believe he will go on to unify the 147lb division, it will be an emotional night for Kell and another big statement will be made."