Will Canadian Antonin Decarie be Kell Brook’s opponent at Sheffield Arena?

Boxer Kell Brook picture here helping to present a cheque for �2801.78 to The Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity. Pictured with Kell, left, are Billy Brook, Roy Brook, Mizengo Sikombe and Gemma Bower, community fundraiser for The Sheffield Childen's Hospital Charity.

Boxer Kell Brook picture here helping to present a cheque for �2801.78 to The Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity. Pictured with Kell, left, are Billy Brook, Roy Brook, Mizengo Sikombe and Gemma Bower, community fundraiser for The Sheffield Childen's Hospital Charity.

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Canadian Antonin Decarie is being touted as a possible opponent for Sheffield world champion Kell Brook, at Sheffield Arena on March 28.

The welterweight from Laval, Quebec, has a won 31 (KO 10) + lost 2 (KO 0) record.

His two defeats were on points to Luis Carlos Abregu and Souleymane M’baye in 2013 and 2010.

The 32-year-old has won his last four fights and is ranked number 12 in the IBF.

There had been suggestions that mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan would oppose the Sheffield fighter in his first defence of is IBF world title.

But negotiations seemed to peter out.

Decarie has fought mainly in Canada but also Argentina, American and France.

Both his defeats were abroad - but a crack at Brook would be an amazing opportunity for a fighter not every boxing fan in the Uk will be familiar with.

He says he wants “to establish myself as a top guy.”

Brook’s Matchroom promoters are due to stage a press conference on Thursday to announce details - the event was scheduled for Monday but it’s been put back, which may hint at a stumbling block.

The contest - whoever Brook faces - will be Brook’s first since winning the title and then getting attacked by a machete-wielding thug on holiday in Tenerife.

* Deontay Wilder aims to become the first American heavyweight world champion since 2006 when he fights WBC title-holder Bermane Stiverne tonight. Wilder, 29, has KOd out all 32 of his opponents, 18 of them inside the first round.

Canadian Stiverne, 36, won the WBC belt with a stoppage of Chris Arreola last May and has 24 wins and one defeat from 26 pro fights.

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