Kell Brook awaits new world title date

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Promoter Eddie Hearn expects to have official confirmation in the next few days of the date when Kell Brook will face Shawn Porter for the IBF welterweight title.

Brook had been set to face champion Porter on August 9 at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York.

But that has now been ruled out and Brook is awaiting official confirmation from Golden Boy Promotions of the new date and venue.

The latest twist in the saga of this scheduled bout came earlier this week when Kenny Porter – trainer and father of Shawn – said he though Brook was stalling on signing the contract for the fight because he did not want to fight his son.

Porter snr initially said he had not received a signed contract from Brook’s camp but backtracked a few hours later.

In his column in the Daily Mail, Brook’s promoter Hearn has attempted to clear up the situation and says it is from Porter’s camp where the delay has emanated.

“One June 16, we signed the provision of service agreements and the IBF bout agreement to fight Shawn Porter with a proposed date of August 9 but no later than September 7,” Hearn wrote.

“The provision of services agreement was sent back fully executed and when I contact the IBF on Monday night they told me Porter had not sent his bout agreement but that they received ours on June 16.

“When we saw Porter say we hadn’t signed, it left me infuriated because we have and we’re ready to go.

“Porter saud on Monday night that they would sign on Tuesday so obviously there’s some fun and games going on behind the scenes.

“The politics are being played out between the various promoters so I don’t know what is going on.

“All I can say is we have a signed agreement for that fight and supposedly Porter will send his bout agreement to the IBF.

“We now wait on an official date from Golden Boy which we expect in the next 48 hours.”

Hearn says he believes the fight will go ahead because he thinks Porter has no chance of being Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent, as he is hoping for, and the American will be stripped of the title if he does not face mandatory opponent Brook.