Brook will face Spence Jr. in front of his hometown fans

Kell Brook will defend his IBF World Welterweight title against U.S. star Errol Spence at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on Saturday May 27, live on Sky Sports Box Office and on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING in the US.

Brook incredibly rallied from a 10th-round knockdown but, with his left eye almost closing, he took a knee in the 11th and referee Howard Foster opted to end the contest. The punishment was so severe Dominic Ingle, Brook's trainer, felt he had no choice but to throw in the towel with 1min 57sec of the fifth round remaining, later describing the injury as a "car crash".

Tonights victor will be in line for major bouts moving forward in the loaded welterweight division against the likes of unified champion Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Porter and a host of others. Spence earned his way to the title shot with two vicious knockout performances in 2016 vs. Chris Algieri and Leonard Bundu. The 27-year-old Texan is said to be a potential superstar in the making and is a slight favorite with bookmakers. He is among boxing's best pound-for-pound fighters but Spence's critics point out that he has fought mostly weak competition. "There are question marks over Errol Spence, and I will answer them". With that being said, it's really on Errol Spence.

Kell Brook Amir Khan
GETTY Kell Brook and Amir Khan could go head-to-head in the near future

A lot is hinging on what kind of Kell Brook is going to turn up.

Follow all the action, including George Groves' fourth attempt to win a world title, with Sportsmail's Tom Bassam and updates from Jeff Powell at Bramall Lane.

  • Julie Sanders