Brook to defend IBF belt against Spence on May 27

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Kell Brook is to defend the IBF world welterweight title against unbeaten American Errol Spence at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane home on May 27.

A deal was struck for Brook, a noted Blades supporter, to face off with mandatory challenger Spence last month and the venue for his fourth defence of the belt has now been confirmed.

It will mark the first time Brook has been in the ring since he suffered the first defeat of his career at London's O2 Arena against fearsome middleweight king Gennady Golovkin in September, a bout that saw him step up two divisions.

Brook sustained a broken eye socket in that loss and is now keen to delight his home city in the mouth-watering bout.

"I'm so excited about this fight and also about making history in my city," Brook said of his bout with 'The Truth' via a Matchroom Boxing statement. 

"It's long been a dream of mine to fight outdoors at Bramall Lane and I'm pleased to do that in the biggest fight in the welterweight division."

Spence is one of the top names in the welterweight division and became the mandatory challenger with his eighth consecutive stoppage against Leonard Bundu in August, having halted Chris Algieri inside five rounds in a devastating display in his previous fight.

But 'The Special One' insists he was never going to shy away from the challenge.

"I saw many people talk about how I would avoid Errol Spence - they don't know me, they don't know what I'm about," he added. 

"All I've ever wanted to do is to give the fans the fights they want and they have it right here on May 27. 

"I'm going to show the world that I'm the best welterweight on the planet and I'm going to do it right before my people's eyes."

Spence said: "I'm happy I'm finally getting an opportunity to accomplish a lifelong dream of becoming a world champion.

"I feel that this is one of the best and biggest fights in world boxing and I am 100 per cent focused and determined to bring the belt back home to the USA - on May 27 I will be more than ready."