Welterweight Kell Brook to face Kevin Bizier in mandatory defense

Perhaps there will be a superfight this summer between welterweight titlist Kell Brook and British countryman Amir Khan, but first Brook has to make a successful mandatory defense.

Brook will face Kevin Bizier next after his promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, and Bizier promoter Yvon Michel came to an agreement on Monday and an IBF-ordered purse bid scheduled for Tuesday afternoon was called off.

Hearn told ESPN.com that details of when the fight will take place and where it will take place will be announced later this week, but he did say the fight would be in the United Kingdom.

The 29-year-old Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) traveled to the United States and won a majority decision against Shawn Porter in August 2014 to win a 147-pound world title. Brook suffered a serious stab wound during an incident on a family vacation following the victory that forced a defense to be canceled at the end of 2014 and threatened his career. But Brook made a full recovery and has defended the title twice, both times in England, as he scored dominant knockouts of Montreal-based Romanian Jo Jo Dan and England's Frankie Gavin in 2015.

Brook was due to make his third defense against Argentine brawler Diego Chaves on Oct. 25, but Brook suffered a rib injury during training camp and the fight was canceled.

Hearn and the Khan camp have talked about making a fight that is heavily anticipated, especially in the United Kingdom, but nothing has come of it so far, leaving Brook to face Bizier.

Bizier (25-2, 17 KOs), 31, of Quebec, knocked out Fredrick Lawson in the 10th round on Nov. 7 in a title elimination fight to become Brook's mandatory challenger.

Bizier has won two fights in a row since losing a split decision in a rematch against Dan in December 2014. Dan also won a split decision against Bizier in November 2013.