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“It’s going to be a very proud night for Kell Brook and this wonderful city.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn spoke of his excitement as he announced Brook’s first defence of his IBF world welterweight title, set for March 28 at the Motorpoint Arena.

Kell Brook

Kell Brook

The 28-year-old will defend his crown against mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan, a Canada-based Romanian with just two defeats in his 36 fight career.

And it will come less than seven months after the incident which saw Brook suffer a horrific stab wound to his leg in Tenerife which threatened his livelihood.

Hearn is expected a sell-out crowd at the Arena for Brook’s homecoming and says he cannot wait for fight night.

“It’s a chance for him to return to Sheffield Arena which was long the home of Kell Brook,” Hearn said.

“He hasn’t boxed there for 15 months but he’s back to defend the IBF welterweight championship of the world.

“I can’t wait, I can’t wait to see him walk out and have a sellout 11,000 crowd create a fantastic atmosphere.

“Kell Brook is very, very special. We’ve said this for a long time but the fact is he’s the IBF welterweight champion of the world.

“And don’t be surprised when he’s unified the welterweight division in 18 month’s time.”

Brook struggled to hide his emotion when speaking of his first defence after recovering from life-threatening injuries just a few months ago.

There remains plenty of talk of huge bouts with the likes of Khan, Mayweather and Pacquiao to come but Brook says he is not underestimating his immediate challenger.

He said: “I’m not looking past Jo Jo Dan who is a very tough customer.

“He’s going to bring it. You’re going to be in for a treat.

“I just can’t wait to get back now, I’m counting down the days.

“I’ve done everything what they’ve asked me to do in coming back from what happened.

“It was baby steps at the beginning but I’ve got myself into this position, this far out, where I’m really fit with eight or nine weeks to go.”

Dronfield-based Adam Etches will defend his IBF International middleweight title against Sergey Khomitsky on the undercard.

And Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell will face Oleksander Yehorov for the European super bantamweight title vacated by Sheffield’s Kid Galahad late last year.

Hearn is set to announce a new signing to his Matchroom Boxing stable next week and that mystery fighter will also be on the bill.