New uncertainty over Kell Brook’s Sheffield unification fight

Sheffield boxer Kell Brook
Sheffield boxer Kell Brook
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The uncertainty over the date of Kell Brook’s unification fight has now spread to its location.

So far, it has been suggested that Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground would be the September 3 venue for the Blades’ fan’s battle against American foe Jessie Vargas.

There has been little to publicly confirm this lately.

And now Vargas has brought fresh doubt to an already cloudy issue.

“I signed my part of the deal a month ago but things have changed and I want to update and apologise to my fans” he said on instagram.

“The date for my next fight has been changed do to the fact that Brook is having trouble signing his end of the deal. Thank you for your support and I will keep you informed.”

Kell Brook at the Lane

Kell Brook at the Lane

There have been rumours that Sheffield Arena could end up being the venue, rather than the football ground.

I understand that Sheffield Steelers’ ice hockey club have been told they cannot play at their home stadium, the Arena on October 8, due to a Sky Sports boxing show.

This could imply that Bramall Lane is now longer part of Matchroom promoters’ plans.

That would be a bitter blow for Brook, whose lifelong ambition has been to fight at the Lane, where his uncle used to take him, as a youngster.

Jessie Vargas

Jessie Vargas

However, United are still expecting to host the event, which would be one of the major sporting shows of the summer in South Yorkshire.

Then there is the Tyson Furyv Wladimir Klitschko match to consider - The Boxing News magazine suggests October 8 could be a date for that.

Brook’s trainer, Dominic Ingle, has previously said Brook is the type of boxer who needs a firm date to focus on.

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