Kell Brook has revealed that no real approach has been made for him to fight Conor Benn, but he could be persuaded if he’s “shown the money.”
Brook has been in retirement since his statement victory over domestic rival, Amir Khan, in February of 2022.
As for Benn, he’s been out of the ring almost as long. He was set to face Chris Eubank Jr in October, but a revelation that he had tested positive for a banned substance halted those proceedings.
Despite a British Boxing Board of Control case still hanging over him, the 26-year-old and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, have decided to go ahead with a ring return overseas.
The three potentials are said to be Eubank, Manny Pacquiao or Brook. Brook helped the rumours along by engaging in an online back and forth with Benn recently.
Despite that, he told IFL TV that nothing official had been discussed.
“He has not come and seen me. We can talk. Let’s talk about it.”
When pressed on why he was being listed on of of three potential opponents for Benn’s return, Brook said it could just be ‘hype’ before sending Hearn a clear message.
“I don’t know, he might just be hyping things up, getting a bit of hype around the situation. Until I’ve spoken to Eddie, then what can I say. I’m training, and, like I say, I can get excited for certain fights.”
“There’s some big fights out there. Conor Benn’s a big name. There’s Liam Smith. There’s Pacquiao. Errol Spence … I’m training, I’m health, I’m happy, genuinely. Eddie – come see me.”
“Come and show me the money. Let’s talk business.”
Brook went on to say that it wasn’t all about money, but having the motivation in the gym to train ‘like a killer.’ The former world champion has had well-documented emotional struggles since hanging up the gloves, but it currently back in camp to remedy that.
Benn’s opponent is set to be announced soon, with Eubank the preferred name.