If Kell Brook is to win the world title he will have to do it the hard way - on American soil.
After weeks of negotiations, the Sheffield welterweight and mandatory challenger will try and snare Shawn Porter’s IBF title, on August 9 at the Barclay’s Centre, New York.
Ideally, Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn had wanted the fight to be staged in the UK.
But the fighter seems happy with the venue, tweeting simply: “Time to hit the road baby.”
IBF chairman Lindsey Tucker announced the news, telling the World Boxing News that the contest will be at the two-year old multi-purpose venue in Brooklyn.
Brook will pray nothing goes wrong over the next two months.
On three occasions he has readied himself for a world title shot only to see injuries wreck get in the way.
The 28 year old South Yorkshireman is not new to the US scene.
Three years ago in Atlantic City he stopped Luis Galarza on the undercard of Carl Froch and Andre Ward’s scrap - which will be valuable experience for him to bank on this time round.
A year after that, Brook was declared the IBF’s mandatory choice to challenge for one of the greatest prizes in boxing.
Porter, from Ohio, boxed brilliantly to beat Alexander last December last year and obliterated Paulie Malignaggi in April.
Porter feels Brook won’t have the tools to worry him - but if he is underestimating the Dom Ingle-trained athlete, that could rebound on him.
* Stuart Hall, promoted by Sheffield’s Dennis Hobson, lost his IBF Bantamweight title on Saturday night as he was outpointed by compatriot Paul Butler.
The Newcastle fighter went to the scorecards with the Chester man, with neither able to stop the other.
In a split decision both men were given a 115-113 win, with the final card ranking Butler 117-111 ahead.
That means the 25-year-old is a world champion after extending his perfect career record to a 15th fight.