Sheffield boxing: Keith Thurman’s invitation to Kell Brook

Kell Brook celebrates defeating Frankie Gavin in their IBF World welterweight title fight at the O2 Arena, London
Kell Brook celebrates defeating Frankie Gavin in their IBF World welterweight title fight at the O2 Arena, London
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Keith Thurman has invited Kell Brook to try his luck again in America.

The 26-year-old WBA welterweight champion from Florida has collected the scalps of Robert Guerrero and Luis Collazo this year and welcomes the

notion of attempting to take the IBF belt off Sheffield’s world champion.

Brook, who has wanted to stay busy, had hoped to have had an opponent named for a fight in September, but that has not happened. While he has recorded two wins since winning the title, they have both been against rivals deemed almost an irrelevance by the American boxing scene.

Thurman (W26 L0) says: “Me and Kell Brook would be a great fight. Would it sell better over there or over here? I don’t know. Brook has been over here and fought Shawn Porter. He said he has interest in fighting me. Does he have interest in fighting me on American soil? He is still a champion in his prime. I look forward to it this year or next.”

Brook, who chalked up his first US win in Atlantic City in 2011, says there should be some definite news soon. He tweeted: “First session of camp done! See you in October in Sheffield, news coming soon!”

n Sheffield’s Kid Galahad, currently banned from boxing after a positive drugs test, is happy for his footballing friend Aymen Tahar, who has joined joined Romanian club Steaua București. Midfielder Tahar,(at Sheffield United 2008–2010) has a contract until 2019.

On Instagram, Galahad (Barry Awad) wrote: “A big congratulations to my bro @ayment89. Football hasn’t been the best to him but he never gave up and now things are paying off.”

*Conisbrough heavyweight David Allen puts his unbeaten record on the line on August 29, at Doncaster Dome.

He takes on Paul Butlin, from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, who has a losing record, but has been in with the likes of Anthony Joshua, Lucas Browne and Dereck Chisora.