Elliot Foster

So, in week two of my column for Instant Boxing, I’ve already made a boo-boo. I realise that it is now Sunday and not Friday.

No excuses, I forgot. And no, I wasn’t hungover or drunk. It just slipped my mind.

Before we start, I’d like to wish all the readers a happy, healthy, wealthy and prosperous 2016.

Now, what’s happened this week? Well, we’ve had the IBF issuing a purse bid date of January 12 for Kell Brook’s mandatory welterweight title defence against Kevin Bizier.Kell Brook

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed earlier this week that there are dates in America and Canada being considered for the clash, while February 20 at the Sheffield Arena is on hold for if a UK deal is made.

And while we’re on the subject of world titles, the UK could have a 13th –– or even 14th –– world champion by the end of March, should Stephen Smith do the business in his mandatory challenge for the IBF super featherweight title against holder José Pedraza, of Puerto Rico, in New York on March 26.

Esther Lin / Showtime
Esther Lin / Showtime

Elsewhere, Amir Khan was in New York for the New Year celebrations and has yet to confirm his next fight. But I can reveal that a date of June 4 has been reserved at Wembley Stadium, with a view to hosting the highly anticipated showdown between the ‘King’ and the aforementioned ‘Special One’ Kell Brook.Amir Khan vs Devon Alexander

And a final congratulations to Carl Frampton, the super bantamweight world champ from Belfast, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Credit: Lawrence Lustig
Credit: Lawrence Lustig

Last year was the year of the super-fight that we couldn’t quite get over the line, Frampton-Quigg the exception, so can 2016 be the year we get them over the line and see some of the sport’s young guns shot to superstardom?

We will see.

All the best.

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