Kell Brook
Brook back in the ring to defend his IBF world title. Getty

Kell Brook defends his IBF world welterweight title for the second time when he takes on Frankie Gavin at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday 30 May.

Where to watch

Brook v Alexander headlines a strong Rule Britannia card available on Sky Sports Box Office for the cost of £16.95/€21.95. The show gets underway at 5pm with the main event scheduled for approximately 10pm. Given the quality of fights on before that, however, it's a good idea to tune in earlier.


Brook's historic title victory over Shawn Porter in California last August was supposed to catapult him into the upper echelons of the welterweight division. His horrific stabbing just weeks later would delay those plans, but since making his return in his mandatory defence against Jo Jo Dan last March, he is firmly back on track.

His return to the ring appeared to make a long-awaited bout with his old advisory Amir Khan an inevitability, with Brook's promoter Eddie Hearn eagerly pushing for a summer showdown at an outdoor arena in the UK. Khan, however, opted instead to take on Chris Algieri, the man who was so easily flattened by Manny Pacquiao last December.

Khan undoubtedly remains in Brook's crosshairs. As does the man who stands as the only other title holder in his weight, WBO, WBA and WBC champion Floyd Mayweather Jr, who has one more fight pencilled in before retirement. Before moving onto those plans, however, the Sheffield-born fighter will remain wary of the challenge of Gavin. The 29-year-old suffered his first career defeat to Leonard Bundu in 2014, a loss that seemingly left him on the road to nowhere. But back-to-back victories over Mate Hornyak, Bradley Skeete and Bogdan Mitic have earned the Birmingham-born fighter another chance to prove he can be a contender.

What they have said

Kell Brook: "It will be all action for me. I'm expecting Frankie Gavin to give the fans what they want, an all-action fight. I've come to have a fight, these people have paid a lot of money to come see us and I just want to give the fans a great fight. I'm ready for Saturday and hope Frankie is too.

"I'm looking to seek and destroy. I'm looking to show everyone that I'm the number one in the welterweight division. I'm looking to make it clear that I am the man in this division."

Frankie Gavin: "Everything has gone to plan at the training camp. I've trained hard, pushed myself to places I've never been and I'm ready to win the world title. No disrespect to Kell, I think he is a fighter who hasn't got many weaknesses but I just think on my day I'm up there with the best in the world and if I get everything right I believe I can be the world champion.

"It's the biggest thing in boxing. Kell's done it and I respect him for it and I've been given the opportunity to take the belt off him so I will grab it with both hands."



(W) Jo Jo Dan – referee technical decision (2015)

(W) Shawn Porter – majority decision (2014)

(W) Alvaro Robles – technical knock-out (2014)


(W) Bogdan Mitic – points decision (2015)

(W) Bradley Skeete – unanimous decision (2014)

(W) Mate Hornyak – technical knockout (2014)


Late stoppage from Brook.


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