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Kell Brook vs Sergey Rabchenko set for March 3

Kell Brook will be moving up to junior middleweight.

Boxing at Manchester Arena Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

It’s official. RingTV reports that former welterweight titleholder Kell Brook (36-2, 25 KOs) will be making his junior middleweight debut on March 3rd when he’ll take on Sergey Rabchenko (29-2, 22 KOs) in his hometown of Sheffield, England.

Brook, 31, will be coming into this bout after consecutive losses to Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr. — fights where he had each of his orbital bones fractured, both of which required surgery.

“I can’t wait to get back in there,” said Brook. “The Spence defeat cut deep and it took me some time to come to terms with it, but now I’m back with a new challenge at 154 pounds. I believe I will be stronger and better than ever in the division. My focus now is on becoming a two-weight, two-time world champion.

“Rabchenko is a dangerous fight for the return but I want to jump straight back in at world level. I think our styles will gel for an electric fight. I’m already deep in camp and I can’t wait to feel the atmosphere again in my hometown.”

Rabchenko, 31, will be heading into this fight after two straight stoppage wins — albeit against lesser opposition — since getting knocked out by Tony Harrison in July 2016.

Tickets for this fight at the FlyDSA Arena are expected to go on sale tomorrow for Matchroom Fight Pass members, with sales to the general public to begin on Wednesday.

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