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STAR PREVIEW: Kell Brook v Mark DeLuca

Former IBF Welterweight king Kell Brook returns this weekend after 14 months out of the ring. Brook has been a stalwart of the British boxing scene for the past decade and although he held a version of the world title between 2014-2017, there is still a feeling that he has never quite reached his full potential.

Despite no major title being on the line here, this is a fight that has huge repercussions for the Sheffield favourite. If he loses here or looks like he is passed his best, it could well be the end of the road for him. If he wins, it could put finally land him the Amir Khan fight that he has always craved or another world title shot, later in the year. A fight with fellow Brit, Liam Smith, has also been suggested this week.

Promoter Eddie Hearn will be hoping that an opportunity back in front of his home crowd in Sheffield and back with his long-time trainer, Dominic Ingle (after a short hiatus) will invigorate the man often referred to as โ€˜The Special Oneโ€™.

His opponent this weekend is Mark De Luca who is a solid and seasoned campaigner. However, the American is taking a huge step up in class here this weekend. De Luca has never operated anywhere near this sort of level and in truth, an active and โ€˜match fitโ€™ version of Brook would be looking to deal with De Luca quite comfortably.

The fight has been made at 154lb and this looks to now be Brookโ€™s most suitable weight division. He looked healthy and most importantly, focused, at the weigh in and he looks like a fighter that knows his career is on the line here.

In the past, Brook has always performed best when his back has been against the wall and when faced with fighters at a similar level of Mark De Luca, he has always won by KO and looked devastating in the process. Despite his inactivity, Brook could well make a statement here and put on a spectacle for the fans that have followed him throughout his career. Our special of (6/4) for Kell Brook to win in rounds 1-6 is a bet worth serious consideration.

The undercard features a lot of local talent including former world title challenger Kid Galahad, as he returns in the chief support bout against the well-travelled Claudio Marerro in the featherweight division. Galahad is looking to bounce back after his defeat to IBF champion Josh Warrington last year.

Further down the card, cult hero Dave Allen takes on Dorian Darch over six rounds whilst Terri Harper also faces her toughest test to date against Eva Wahlstrom. Harper has some big support in Yorkshire and will be looking to put on a big performance for her fans as she moves towards some mega fights later this year.

RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
Back Brook to win between rounds 1-6 2 pts @ 6/4 with

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