THE countdown is on to Tyson Fury's huge rematch with Deontay Wilder in Vegas.
One of the most eagerly awaited heavyweight bouts of the year is set for February 22 when the pair will fight it out for the WBC crown.
But before that, Kell Brook returns to the ring when he takes on Mark DeLuca.
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BROOK, LINE AND SINKER
Kell Brook wants to let arch-nemesis Amir Khan off the hook and go on to fry bigger fish.
The Sheffield fighter and keen angler has had the welterweight star on his line for almost a decade now but the Bolton man has never taken the bait.
Both boxers are 33 and in the twilight of their careers — and the public demand for the match-up is sinking fast.
Brook, the target of verbal barbs from the 2004 Olympic silver medallist, is sick of the sideshow and wants to net himself a second world title before it is too late.
Ahead of his hometown clash with American Mark DeLuca on Saturday, after a year out chasing monster fights, Brook said: “I don’t really want to talk about Amir Khan any more, I am sick of it.
“All I ever hear him say is, ‘Me and Eddie Hearn have a big meeting next week’. It’s all rubbish.
“He wants to tell me to fight him… Dubai, Saudi Arabia. Rubbish, he is not serious.
“I am only interested in fighters who want to fight me.
“If he wants to be serious and fight, let’s do it. Otherwise there is nothing more to say.”
CATCH A KHAB
Speaking of Khabib vs Mayweather, the UFC star's manager Ali Abdelaziz claims his man has been offered £75million for the bout.
The main interest apparently coming to host such a massive crossover is coming from Arabia.
And the manager has told TMZ that he recently met with the Saudis to discuss possible opportunities.
FAIR WEATHER FRIEND
Floyd Mayweather will NOT fight Manny Pacquiao in the foreseeable future.
That is the opinion of former Mayweather Promotions boxer Ashley Theophane, who thinks a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov is more likely.
Theophane told World Boxing News: “I don’t believe Floyd will fight again.
“Maybe against Kabib but the Conor fight I feel has been done.
“Manny has tried to get the rematch but Floyd just keeps teasing the fans and media. I’d like Floyd to stay retired.
“He’s done everything and more during his career.”
Mark DeLuca is in no doubt that he has to beat Kell Brook in Saturday's Sheffield Arean contest.
The American believes this to be the biggest test of his 25-fight career to date.
He said: “This is the pinnacle of my career at this point, fighting a former world champion.
“Kell Brook fought two of boxing’s biggest bogeymen at the time in Errol Spence and Gennadiy Golovkin, he shook up their world.
“I have admiration and respect for Kell as a champion but in order for me to get to where he has been, I have to beat him in Sheffield.”
KING OF YOUR LIVING ROOM
Today, ITV have announced the start time of their upcoming documentary series on Tyson Fury.
Episode one of ‘Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King’ airs on Thursday, February 13 at 9pm ahead of two further parts.
On the agenda are the heavyweight's fights with Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin as well as his family and battles with mental health.
ITV are promising “reveal the most complete and intimate portrait of the Gypsy King ever seen”.