Boxing fans have long known that for the biggest fights around, all eyes have to be tuned to Sky Sports. They've proven it time and time again, and their dedication towards putting the best of boxing on TV is commendable, and now they're doing it again by bringing a huge night of boxing to their Box Office channel on the 30th of May.
After an impressive victory over Jo Jo Dan in Sheffield during March, Kell Brook has decided to make a quick return to the ring to defend his hard fought IBF Welterweight title against Frankie Gavin at the o2 in London; one of the UK's biggest boxing venues. Sky Sports will be showing the event exclusively on Sky Box Office, bringing the action to millions of people across the country. Kell Brook impressed on his last time out, with a classy fourth round stoppage over Dan, and is eager to put in another stand-out performance and see himself placed firmly on the map. In his way is Frankie Gavin, who was the first ever English World Amatuer champion after taing gold in the 2007 World Championships in Chicago.
Brook v Gavin might be the headline act, but that's just the tip of the iceberg, with six other confirmed fights, and more potentially to come. Included in those six are three world title fights, in a night which promises to change the shape of the professional boxing landscape. Popular Londoner Kevin Mitchell will meet the WBC Lightweight champion Jorge Linares for what should be a punishing encounter whilst Welsh stylist Lee Selby will challenge Evgeny Gradovich for his IBF Featherweight title.
One of the rising stars of the Heavyweight class, Anthony Joshua, will encounter his greatest challenge yet as he squares up to former World Heavyweight title challenger Kevin 'Kingpin' Johnson. Here's the full list of fights lined up for the 30th of May.
Kell Brook v Frankie Gavin IBF World Welterweight title
Kevin Mitchell v Jorge Linares WBC Lightweight title
Lee Selby v Evgeny Gradovich IBF Featherweight title
Anthony Joshua MBE v Kevin Johnson WBC International Heavyweight title
John Ryder v Nick Blackwell Vacant British Middleweight title
Scotty Cardle v Craig Evans Vacant British Lightweight title
Dave Ryan v John Wayne Hibbert Commonwealth Light Welterweight title
Adam Smith, executive producer of Sky Sports boxing said: “This is another mouth-watering night of boxing on Sky Sports Box Office. Kell Brook is a great headline act and I always look forward to seeing him in the ring. He has some big fights on the horizon I’m sure, but Frankie Gavin will be a real test and Kell will have to put in a performance to get the style of win that he wants.”
Kell Brook said: “I never expected to be out again so quickly but I can't wait. I respect Frankie for stepping up, he has called for this fight for a long time and after he was given a final eliminator against Tim Bradley it made sense for him to take the challenge. I feel like I'm unbeatable right now and Gavin isn’t going to be able to cope with my speed and power on fight night. The O2 is one of the best arenas in the world and it’s an honour to headline a card like this.”
Frankie Gavin said: “These are the fights you want to be part of and are where I belong. I’ve dreamt of a world title and I will be 100 per cent ready physically and mentally for Kell Brook. Of course it’s going to be tough but I believe Kell is beatable and I've always felt that I have got the skills and the team to cause an upset.”
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