Kell Brook’s next match-up might turn out to be a revenge mission on behalf of British boxing.
The new IBF world welterweight champion who is likely to have a homecoming reception in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens on Friday afternoon has a show pencilled in at the city Arena on December 6.
With a date with Amir Khan more likely to be in the Summer of 2015, Brook could clash with unbeaten European champion Leonard Bundu, the 39-year-old Italian-based fighter from Sierra Leone, who inflicted a career-first defeat on Frankie Gavin in Wolverhampton, earlier this month.
If that fight can’t be made, Brook - who brilliantly outpointed American Shawn Porter in Los Angeles on Sunday - could face Texan Brandon Rios, who beat WBA title holder Diego Gabriel Chaves this monthand has faced Manny Pacquiao.
It’s an interesting prospect for the region’s fight fans - but a potentially painful blow for the Arena’s ice hockey team, Sheffield Steelers. They are pencilled in for their first home league game against arch rivals Nottingham Panthers of the season.
Club spokesman Dave Simms said: “We were delighted when Kell won the world title, but it seems we are suddenly becoming the losers out of this. Home dates against Nottingham are stategically picked to help with our cash-flow.
“It is not as if we can magic another suitable date up like that one. The Arena has switched dates on us many times - but, believe me, this one is about as bad as it gets.”
Brook is due back in the UK today.