Sheffield world champion Kell Brook is hoping for a special 30th birthday present next week - gift-wrapped details of a Bramall Lane fight with Jessie Vargas.
Brook turns 30 on Tuesday and knows that time will wait for no man at the elite boxing level. The IBF welterweight kingpin has been frustrated in his attempts to land a big name opponent, but rumours now suggest Vargas, the American champion of the WBO category, is willing to challenge him on his own soil.
While Vargas does not have the global pedigree Brook has been tracking, the fight’s unification feature would certainly help ticket sales and give it a global profile. Promoter Eddie Hearn could be working on the deal in the US this weekend.
Meanwhile the City Hall show planned for Saturday evening goes on despite another crippling withdrawal. Muheeb Fazeldin had to postpone after his rival could not get a visa, now Sam Sheedy’s opponent has withdrawn on medical advice. Sheedy said: “I am gutted but my career is on the crest of a wave. I’ll get to where I want to be.”