Kell Brook has insisted that he would welcome the chance to fight Floyd Mayweather in September, after he has defended his title against Frankie Gavin on Saturday night.
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Brook defends his IBF welterweight belt at the O2 in London, and has warned his British rival that he needs to be at his best if he has any chance of taking the fight longer than he expects.
The Sheffield-born fighter (34-0, 23 KOs) was last in action two months ago when he defended his belt against mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan, and after unsuccessfully chasing a fight with bitter rival Amir Khan, Gavin has stepped up as the next foe in his way.
“Frankie has a lot to prove. I haven’t been overly impressed. If he turns up like he has done for his last few fights then he won’t last very long with me,” Brook said, ESPN reports.
Ultimately, Brook is hoping to take on bigger fights later this year with suggestions that Brandon Rios is being lined up for a summer bout.
However, as with many fighters in the welterweight division, the biggest prize that they all chase is a meeting with Floyd Mayweather. Time is running out for the next group of contenders, with the unbeaten American insisting that his last fight will be in September.
Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) has yet to name his last opponent as his CBS/Showtime contract is set to expire, but Brook will be ready for the call as he knows ‘Money’ likes to put his rivals at an immediate disadvantage by not giving them too much notice of the bout.
“We’ve heard nothing but Mayweather likes the advantage. He’ll put it on you at the last minute so you’ve not trained for that fight. It wouldn’t surprise me to get a call from him. It wouldn’t surprise me if he wants the fight with me because I’ve got the only world title belt he hasn’t got.”
Brook again insisted that Khan doesn’t deserve his shot at the pound-for-pound king ahead of him, as he hasn’t proven himself at welterweight and has been defeated before.
The argument against the IBF champion is that he doesn’t have the profile, particularly in the USA, to face Mayweather, but it would certainly be quite the fight if the two unbeaten fighters square off in the American’s last ever outing.