International and World Boxing Hall of Fame ring MC, Michael Buffer, is returning to Sheffield to bring Kell Brook and Jo Jo Dan to the ring as they clash for Brook’s IBF Welterweight title in ‘Unbreakable’, live on Sky Sports on March 28.
Buffer has worked in the Steel City twice for modern-day legends Prince Naseem Hamed and Ricky Hatton and he’ll be the man to call defending champion Brook into the packed Motorpoint Arena to face-off against his number one mandatory challenger Dan.
“When Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport reached out to me a few weeks ago to announce the Kell Brook vs Jo Jo Dan Welterweight World title fight, I jumped at the chance,” said Buffer. “Luckily it fell on only the second weekend of the year that I'm free to work but more importantly it's a chance to return to a great venue in a hard core, fight fan city with another ring superstar on the rise in Brook.
“Brook is a top-tier World champion who beat undefeated Shawn Porter last year in California and brought another championship belt to England's steel city. He went the distance to hammer out a tough majority decision that left no doubt in anyone's mind that he should be considered among the elite of the welterweight division.
"It's going to be a pleasure to sit at ringside after the introductions and watch him work. It won't be an easy night as his opponent, Jo Jo Dan, isn't going to travel to Sheffield to roll over – this guy is a clever, legitimate challenger with 34 wins. I have been in attendance with him in the ring in Montreal against Kevin Bizier and he can bring it, believe me.
“I imagine the boxing world must consider and even demand that a Kell Brook victory should put him in position for a match up with the winner of the upcoming Mayweather-Pacquiao super-fight or with the fighting pride of Bolton, Amir Khan, in a mega-fight. A lot is riding on this fight in Sheffield.
“This will be my third trip to Sheffield and I know the fans are insane with energy! My last trip to the UK Steel City I saw the great Ricky Hatton's unification victory against Carlos Maussa back in 2005. The arena was then Hallam FM Arena and the place was jumping but my first trip there, when the name was Sheffield Arena was in 1997 and I thought the roof would come off when the one and only Prince Naseem Hamed successfully defended his featherweight title against Jose Badillo.
"Just the entrance was deafening as Naz made his way to the ring and his trademark flip over the top rope, the crowd set decibel records with noise. I have a feeling the standing room only crowd – 10,000 plus strong – at the Motorpoint will be rocking once again when Kell Brook comes down the aisle to the ring. Sheffield has a proven record of supporting its' fighting heroes. Saturday night, 28 March, will be electric! I can't wait!”
Brook’s clash with Dan is part of a huge night of boxing in Sheffield as local favourite Adam Etches defends his IBF International Middleweight title against Sergey Khomitsky and Gavin McDonnell continues his fairy tale story challenging Ukrainian Oleksander Yegorov for the vacant European Super Bantamweight title.
Frankie Gavin makes his Sky Sports return as he prepares for his crunch clash with Chris van Heerden on May 9 in Birmingham and former World Bantamweight king Anselmo Moreno makes his UK debut against Wales’ Robbie Turley. Kal Yafai continues his march towards a World title and GB Podium squad member Charlie Edwards fights for the second time in the paid ranks on the bill.
Limited tickets for ‘Unbreakable’ presented by FX World are on sale priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 available from the Motorpoint Arena on 0114 2565656 and at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk. VIP tickets at £250 are exclusively available from Matchroom Boxing at www.matchroomboxing.com.