The decision over who Kell Brook fights next will be made in a “couple of weeks” according to promoter Eddie Hearn, and ultimately there is only one fight to make, The Boxing Guys write.
The current IBF welterweight champion hasn’t fought since his defeat to Gennady Golovkin last September, with a broken eye socket keeping him on the sidelines for longer than expected.
However, as he continues his recovery and returns to the gym, we’re not far away from finding out who he will fight next and realistically, there seems to be two stand-out options.
A showdown with Manny Pacquiao will have to wait after he opted to take on Jeff Horn in April, with Hearn revealing that initial talks did take place with Bob Arum over securing a fight.
In turn, with ‘Pac-Man’ out of the running, we’re ultimately left with two fights that we would all love to see. Either a clash with mandatory challenger Errol Spence Jr, or the long-awaited domestic dust-up with Amir Khan.
Whoever Brook decides to face, one thing that needs to be dismissed straight off the bat is this talk that he is ‘ducking’ Spence Jr.
The American is a talented and dangerous fighter, but here’s why Brook wouldn’t be ducking him if he chose to follow a different path.
Firstly, this is a man who last stepped in the ring with middleweight king Golovkin, something that takes real courage. To fight ‘GGG’ after stepping up two weight classes and then suggest that Brook will avoid certain fighters is a joke.
Combine that with the fact that at this stage Spence is a high risk and low reward fight, in many ways it doesn’t make sense at all and it’s only Brook’s pride that is keeping that as an option as he won’t want to vacate his title.
Nevertheless, Khan now seems to have his new excuse to avoid the fight. “The fight between me and him will be worth even more if there is a world title on the line,” Khan told talkSPORT.
“Kell knows the biggest fight and biggest pay day he will ever get is against me. I am on a different level where I can face other fighters and get the same amount of money.
“He has that defence to make against Errol Spence, and we are going to let him make that defence, keep hold of the title, and then the fight can happen between me and him.”
Let’s be honest, the title is irrelevant when it comes to this match-up. Brook vs Khan, Khan vs Brook, the fight that boxing purists and the ‘casual’ market are dreaming of for 2017. Time to put everything to the side, stop the war of words and just make it happen for May and settle this rivalry once and for all.
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