With Kell Brook indicating a willingness to rejoin a stacked welterweight division, it has presented an intriguing triumvirate of fights between himself, Manny Pacquiao and long-term Brook rival Amir Khan.
Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed earlier this week that Brook’s eagerness to secure a big fight could lead him to drop back down to 147 pounds, possibly gatecrashing a potential money-spinning bout between Khan and Pacquiao.
Speaking to Sky Sports Hearn revealed: “Brook has said to me, ‘I want a big fight’. He was going to have a run-out at Wembley [on the Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin bill], but he was just ‘I want the big one’.
“I met with Pacquiao’s people last week as well, and if Khan is too expensive for Pacquiao, because Pacquiao is very expensive, Pacquiao could fight Brook.
“But Brook is going to have to be at 147[lbs] to fight either of those two. He has to start now.” said Hearn.
After moving up to super welterweight for his most recent bout – a second round demolition job against Sergey Rabchenko in March – Brook had been called out by unified WBA ‘Super’ and IBF World champion Jarrett Hurd as well as WBC World champion Jermell Charlo.
However, despite seemingly set at fighting at 154lbs for the foreseeable future, recent indications from Hearn imply Brook is back in the welterweight mix once again.
With an all-British showdown between Brook and Khan still attracting keen interest, Hearn – who promotes both men – admitted a decision would need to be made swiftly on Khan’s behalf if the bout is to be made.
”Khan has a decision to make: if he beats Vargas, probably within two weeks, do you want Brook?” finished Hearn.
While Khan will have to be wary of overlooking Samuel Vargas on Saturday night in Birmingham, it appears that a victory would catapult him into World title contention once again – and fans may get to see him square off with Kell Brook…
Article by: Andi Purewal
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