British star Kell Brook will take on former world title challenger Michael Clark on December 11 in Liverpool. The experienced Clark (40-5-1, 18 KOs) will be one of the most dangerous opponents Brook has faced and stands between Brook and a crack at the WBO World Welterweight title. A former star of the hit US TV series The Contender, Clark also fought Artur Grigorian for the WBO title. The pair will meet on a huge card in Liverpool, where Paul Smith will defend his British super-middleweight title against James DeGale, and Nathan Cleverly, Matt Macklin, Frankie Gavin and Tony Bellew are all in action.
“I’ve had a look at his record, and Clark knows what he is doing,” said unbeaten Brook. “These Americans are always dangerous, and hopefully I can send out a statement by beating him. I felt a little bit flat after the Jennings fight because of the way that it ended on a cut. This time I’m going to give the fans a treat and knock this guy out big time.”
Brook, who secured a Lonsdale belt outright with four consecutive stoppage wins, is currently ranked number one by the WBO and in pole-position to challenge for the vacant title.
His promoter Frank Warren is in negotiations for that fight to take place against another American, highly rated Mike Jones, in February.
“These are a bigger couple of months for Kell,” said Warren.
“He can’t afford to look too far ahead when he takes on Clark, but he has the carrot of a world title fight dangling in front of him.
“I think he is one of the most exciting talents in boxing at the moment, and now he has the chance to prove me right.”