Kell Brook will face highly ranked Carson Jones at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday, July 7 as an IBF World title shot draws a step closer.
Jones is ranked at No.3 by the IBF – two spots above Brook – and the stakes couldn’t be higher as the winner would move into pole position to fight for the title later in the year.
Current No1 Mike Jones and No2 ranked Randall Bailey go head-to-head in Las Vegas on June 9.
The Sheffield star thrilled a packed home crowd in the Arena in March when he dismantled Matthew Hatton in a master class but the Jones fight is a step up in class as the 25-year-old from Oklahoma has won his last eight fights inside the distance. He currently holds the USBA welterweight title, which he defended for the second time last month with a seventh round stoppage over Allen Conyers in his hometown, his 34 win and the 24 by KO.
Brook said: “Jones is experienced for his age and has been avoided but I want a World title shot and in order to get it, I need to go through him.
“The Hatton night just blew my mind. It was the biggest crowd I’ve ever fought in front of and they were all there for me. That’s a very special feeling and I can’t wait to experience it again.”
“Basically Kell Brook is the last person standing in my way to fight for a World title,” said Jones. “He will have to kill me to beat me because I have worked too hard to let anyone stop me from reaching my dream.
“It does not matter if the fight is here, there or in Zimbabwe. I have made a living going to other people’s hometowns and knocking them out and this will be no exception. Kell Brook needs to be afraid, very afraid, because his fans are going to see him put to sleep on July 7.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Carson and one he personally asked for,” said Bobby Dobbs, Jones’ promoter.
Tickets priced £30, £40, £60, and £100 (booking fee may apply) are now on sale, available in person from the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield box office, by phone on 0114 256 5656 and online at www.motorpointarenasheffield.com