Via Charles Brun: Kell Brook will return to the ring in June or July against likely middleweight Chris Eubank Jr in a heavyweight bout. Promoter Ben Shalom wants to take on former IBF heavyweight champion Brook (40-3, 28 KOs) in a big fight, but we’ll see if that’s possible.
Brook is about to win by knockout in the sixth round 35 years old Amir Khan in Manchester, England. It was a fight Brook had been chasing for over ten years, and he had finally achieved it, even though when Khan bad wash and was about to be fired for three years.
According to Boxing Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, 35-year-old Brook has priced himself up against the heavyweight contender. Conor Benn by asking for too much money.
Brook is rumored to have requested 10 million dollars for Benn, that’s a considerable amount to face a non-world champion who may never rise above candidate status.
Benn would be the ideal opponent for Brook as he is limited, highly exaggerated and carefully contrasted by his promoters.
Brook will have the great opportunity to present Benn as a work of hype, a creation carefully crafted by his promoter Eddie Hearn.
Brook’s best interest would be to revisit the negotiations over the fight against Benn, if possible as that seems to be his best option if that’s just the money he’s looking for.
With 32-year-old Eubank (32-2, 23 KOs), Brook and his team will need to come up with an agreed weight class.
If the weights are 157 or 158, then Brook might as well go up to 160 to fight Eubank Jr because that would be silly. Weight is too close to 160 so not worth it.
Given Brook’s vast experience in middleweight since he last played Gennadiy Golovkin in 160th, going up against Eubank Jr. was a mistake for him.
Given Brook’s history of eye problems from his matches with GGG and Errol Spence Jr, he shouldn’t take the risk by facing Eubank Jr in middleweight. Even with the money, Brook should focus on fighting middleweight or junior middleweight.
There are many possible candidates that Brook can and should be looking to fight for 147 or 154 as possible contests.
Options for Brook:
- Keith Thurman
- Vergil Ortiz Jr
- Conor Benn
- Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis
- Danny Garcia
- Mikey Garcia
- Josh Taylor
- Erickson Lubin
- Tim Tszyu
- Israil Madrimov
- Shawn Porter
“He [Kell] want to fight in June or July,” Ben said in an interview with Sky Sports News. “It will be a big fight. We will solve that problem.
“I think Eubank wants to fight Kell Brook. We’ll sit down with Kell, lift weights, work out if we can get there, and work out if it’s right for Kell Brook.
Brook should have let Eubank Jr fight for the world title at 160 rather than go that route. Eubank Jr has too many advantages in size and power over Brook for the fight to be worth pursuing.
Kell could do better than fighting Eubank, whose career has been disappointing. Eubank Jr’s career stalled after losing to George Groves in 2018. That was 4 years ago.
Since the loss to Groves, Eubank Jr has focused solely on fighting British boxers and seems to have shied away from talented 160 and 168 pound fighters.
Notable boxer that Eubank Jr has fought with for the past four years is the former IBF super middleweight champion James ‘Chunky’ DeGale in February 2019. However, at that stage, he was facing a serious shoulder problem.
Eubank Jr’s wins since the loss to Groves:
- Liam Williams
- Marcus Morrison
- Wanik Awdijan
- Matt Korobov
- JJ McDonagh
“Chris also has a chance that the world championship could come in June-July. So both have options and I expect to bottom in the next week or so,” Shalom said.