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Sheffield world title hunter goes under the Boardwalk

Devon Alexander

Devon Alexander

KELL BROOK’S world title fight will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey - the only American city he has boxed in before.

The Sheffield fighter will try to prize the IBF welterweight belt off Devon Alexander on May 18.

It could be at Boardwalk Hall, where Brook knocked out Puetro Rican Luis Galarza in December, 2011.

Ironically, the American southpaw, 26, has never boxed in Atlantic City, although he fought in Newark, New Jersey in 2008.

The Summer event, run by Golden Boy Promotions, will be broadcast by American channel Showtime.

So far the planned contest has had chequered history; it’s been postponed twice because of injuries to both men.

It is 3,500 miles away, but at least it is on the east of America, for Brits who want to follow the 26-year-old Sheffielder.

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn was at the Sheffield Hallam University sports performance set-up this week to see his man go hrough his paces.

n Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor seeks his first title, the vacant International Masters (junior) middleweight title, tonight at Don Valley stadium, on a Dennis Hobson bill.

He takes on a fighter, who, like him, has a short, but unbeaten record.

Sunderland’s Greg O’Neill has never boxed outside the north east, before. It will the first eight-rounder for both men.

The Sheffield boxing public can also reacquaint themselves with Doncaster heavyweight Carl Spencer, who has boxed his two previous matches at Don Valley. He faces Hungarian Peter Erdos.

n See Monday’s Star for a summary this busy, boxing weekend.

 

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