Brook staying at welterweight, targets Pacquiao and Spence
British star Kell Brook insists that he will not give up his IBF welterweight title and is planning huge unification bouts for 2017.
Brook, who is rated No. 1 by THE RING at 147 pounds, is back in the gym following a minor operation on the damaged eye socket he suffered in a fifth-round stoppage defeat to IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in September.
Many had expected the Sheffield man to settle at junior middleweight but Brook seems adamant about remaining in welterweight waters.
“I had a meeting with (promoter) Eddie (Hearn) yesterday and told him I am not prepared to give up my title,” said Brook in a press release issued by Matchroom Boxing. “I know there are options at 154 pounds and I may even be more suited there but I am not willing to give up what I fought so hard for. I want the unification fights but if they aren’t there then it will be (Errol) Spence next for me in a big U.K. show.”
Hearn said, “I spoke through various options with Kell and he was adamant that he would not relinquish his welterweight title. In an ideal world, he would unify the division against Manny Pacquiao but the Spence fight is also one that really excites him and fight fans. That could be a big fight here in the U.K. and with the 75-25 split in place we would be very confident of bringing that fight to Sheffield.”
Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for RingTV.com and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing