Kell Brook is excited to finally have a new date for his IBF welterweight title shot against Devon Alexander, following a pair of postponements when each man suffered minor injuries in training earlier this year, when the bout had been scheduled for January 26 and then February 23.
The new date is May 18, paired with a 141-pound catchweight main event between Lamont Peterson and Lucas Matthysse, and the fight will be held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
"It's been a frustrating wait for the fight to be on, but now I'm ready to get in there on May 18 and bring that title home," said Brook (29-0, 19 KO). "We've both had to pull out through injury so we are both hungry for the fight, but I believe I will prove I've got a bigger appetite for the battle and that I'll be too good for him."
On paper, this is about a 50-50 contest, but Alexander (24-1, 13 KO) has certainly been in with the better competition, having in the past faced Matthysse, Timothy Bradley, Marcos Maidana, and Andriy Kotelink. Alexander hasn't always been great against his better foes -- he struggled to controversial, hometown wins over Matthysse and Kotelnik, and Bradley was simply better than him. But he did truly thrash Maidana in 2012.
Brook, meanwhile, hasn't faced an opponent better than Carson Jones or Matthew Hatton. While solid wins, this is a new level for him, and he's going to have to step his game up accordingly.
Who do you favor right now? Will Alexander prove too much, or will Brook shine in the spotlight?