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Kell Brook KO'd By Virus

British Welterweight Champion Kell Brook has suffered his first KO defeat - at the hands of a viral infection that will keep him out of his British welterweight title defence on Friday night in Liverpool. The Lonsdale belt holder - and 2009 Boxing Writers' Young Boxer of the Year - was due to meet Michael Jennings at the Echo Arena in a mouth-watering domestic clash, but has had to pull out because of his illness. The fight will be rescheduled as soon as possible, while Jennings will feature in an eight rounder on action-packed card which is topped by the cracking British super-middleweight title fight between Champion Tony Quigley and challenger Paul Smith..

It also features some of the country's brightest prospects James DeGale, Frankie Gavin, Tony Bellew, Stephen Smith and Jamie Cox.

"I'm gutted that I won't be part of what will be a very big fight night in Liverpool," said undefeated Brook.

"I came down with the virus after collecting my Boxing Writers award in London last week. Since then I haven't been unable to move let alone train and there's no way I was going to fight a top fighter like Jennings in this state,

"I was really looking forward to defending my British title, but I hope that the fight with Jennings will be back on very quickly,

"I'll be glued to my television on Friday night because it's going to be a great fight between Smith and Quigley."

Article posted on 27.10.2009



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