Thursday 16 July 2015

Boxing: Brook To Face Thurman

Kell Brook who is the IBF World Champion is pushing to have a unification bout with WBA king Keith Thurman.

Brook who was expected to defend his crown against Brandon Rios in September has seen negotiation stall between the two parties and is now keen on facing Thurman who defended his own title at the weekend.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said “Kell Brook is up for fighting anyway, whether it's Mayweather, Thurman or Khan - it doesn't really matter. “We were looking at getting Kell out on September 12 but it's likely now that it will be the end of October back in Sheffield”. Eddie also added this “He believes he can beat everyone in the division. He has respect for Thurman and they've complimented each other in every interview but it's a fight that's inevitable down the road. We talk all the time whether it's by text or on the phone. He watched Thurman's performance and he's always fancied the fight - it's not a case of he saw it and thought he was poor. It's just a fight he believes he can win”.

Brook has also made his known his intention to fight British rival Amir Khan but Eddie dismiss the idea that Khan was interested in the fight. Eddie said this concerning tha Khan fight “we wait and wait on Khan. Maybe if he doesn't get the Mayweather fight then it's an idea he'll start to entertain. They've never entertained it before or wanted to find out terms. “They know we'd take the fight in a heartbeat. We know Amir would be looking for the better end of the deal and perhaps that's possible but until we sit down and discuss it, it's just a pipe dream”.

The last time Brook was in action was May 30, halting domestic foe Frankie Gavin in the sixth round at the O2 Arena in London.

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