Kell Brook will see the New Year in with a gruelling warm-weather training camp as he prepares for his first world title defence.
The IBF welterweight world champion will join trainer Dominic Ingle and gym mates in Fuerteventura to ramp up his preparation for a Sheffield Arena date in March.
He will most likely face Romanian Ionut Dan Ion who won his IBF title eliminator in Canada last night.
The Canary Island is a tried and tested base for the Sheffield fighter, who will be competing again for the first time since both his points victory over Shawn Porter and also the incident in nearby Tenerife, where he suffered a badly gashed leg at the hands of an assailant.
Ingle said: “The plan immediately after Christmas is to get away from distractions and pick up his level of training.
“Kell has been coming to the gym twice a day, sparring and doing his runs and we will build on that in Fuerteventura, returning on January 10.
“Obviously everybody would like to eat loads and stay at home with their family at this time of year but you cannot train hard, take a break for Christmas, and then get back on it again, it simply doesn’t work like that.
“Kell now has a time-frame in mind with the first week in March fight and he has a couple of months to get back into the fantastic shape he was before he won the title.
“Kell’s (September) leg injury meant he had time out from daily exercise so obviously he got heavier and now we have to continually assess his weight, fitness and ofcourse that leg. We will know better how the leg is in a couple of weeks time” said the trainer.
“So far in training there doesn’t seem to be anything there impeding him, though. His movement, balance and footwork all seems good.
“Mentally, Kell has had to come back from the frustrations following that attack in Tenerife -that must have been far harder for him than anybody. He became world champion but wasn’t able to capitalise on it. But that is all behind him and he is happy now; he has a target date and can get on with the job.”
n Gym mate Barry Awad (Kid Galahad) has also had an overseas appointment, he has been commentating on boxing in his native Qatar.