Last gasp replacement for Canadian boxer after Kell Brook's injury absence from London PPV show

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The boxer originally slated to face Kell Brook in London will still make the trip, despite the absence of the injured Sheffield fighter.

Canadian Brandon Cook will now face Sam Eggington on the undercard of Dillian Whyte’s Heavyweight clash with Joseph Parker at The O2 in London on July 28.

Eggington, once himself deemed a likely partner for Brook, steps up at short notice after an injury forced the Sheffielder to withdraw from his World Super-Welterweight title eliminator with Cook.

The 24-year-old Brummie has made short work of his opponents since moving up to Super-Welter and knows that a win against Cook will rocket him into title contention at his new weight.

“I’m buzzing to get back to the O2 on a massive PPV show,” said Eggington.

“There was no way I was turning down this fight when they offered it to me. Cook likes to come forward and fight so I’m predicting a war, he’s going to try and make it a hard night for me.

“He’s ranked highly in three governing bodies so getting a win against him would do me wonders. Moving up to Super-Welterweight has given me even more energy to grind down my opponents and do damage late on and I’ll be looking to do exactly that next week.”

Cook said: “I’m delighted that I’ll still be fighting in London. All of my hard work in the gym isn’t going to waste and I’m excited to show the British public what I’m all about. Sam is a tough opponent that comes to fight so I’ll need to be at my very best to beat him.”