Undefeated fighter Kell Brook has celebrated becoming the mandatory challenger for the IBF welterweight title in style - by meeting his own heroes.
Brook, a passionate Sheffield United fan, visited the Blades’ Shirecliffe training ground yesterday. He met new United manager Nigel Clough and several first-team players, including Harry Maguire and George Long.
The 27-year-old, who underlined his world title credentials by stopping Vyacheslav Senchenko in the fourth round at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena last weekend to extend his unbeaten streak to 31 bouts, told The Star: “It was great to meet the lads and I would love to get a big massive fight at Bramall Lane next summer.”
Brook is mandated to meet the winner of the Devon Alexander and Shawn Porter fight next month within 90 days of the bout taking place.
Should he win the world title in 2014, Brook will be pushing to defend it on home soil come the end of the football season.
“If I win the world title, we can get some big names and bring them back here , get them at the Lane and pack it out,” said Brook. “I’ve been on at Eddie Hearn [Brook’s promoter] about it so it is realistic. It has been a dream of my uncle’s for me to fight at the Lane and I want that dream of his to come true.”
Brook is concerned Sheffield Wednesday fans may not back him because of his United connections.
“It does worry me because the fans are split,” he said. “There are some passionate Wednesday fans who might think he is a Unitedite even though I do want the city to do well.
“I can’t be on the fence. I am a Unitedite. It is what it is.
“There are still a lot of Wednesday fans who I know who come to watch me fight. I just want to do Sheffield proud. It is about the city at the end of the day.”