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BOXING: What next for Kell Brook?

Special K” is now 18 months removed from his agonising stoppage loss to Errol Spence Jnr at Bramall Lane. Since surrendering his IBF world title in that fight and having surgery to repair a broken eye socket Brook has been on somewhat of a comeback trail.

With two wins from two fights against comfortable opposition it may now be time for Brook to step up once again and fight at world level. The welterweight from Sheffield is sure to have no shortage of world class offers to be his next opponent and ParkLife Sport looked at some of the names.

Amir Khan

Who doesn’t want to see this huge domestic clash? With both Khan and Brook in the back-9 of there respective careers time may be ticking on this British super fight. After his points win on Saturday night Brook claimed it was “now or never” for Khan to face him, rumours suggest however Khan has his eye on a multi-million-pound welterweight title fight with Terence Crawford in the US. This fight may not be the stadium attraction it would have been a few years ago however it’s safe to say Matchroom Sports would have no issue selling the contest. With both Brook and Khan now fighting out of that stable the negotiations may not be as sour as they have been previously. Weight may be the issue in getting this over the line and Khan may be more interested in a return to the States, however this British clash remains mouth-watering.

 

Jarrett Hurd

By defeating Michael Zerafa, Brook became the mandatory challenger to Hurd’s WBA super-welterweight title. The 28-year-old from Maryland remains undefeated with 23 wins and 16 knockouts and represents the chance for Brook to once again be a world title holder. Hurd recently bested Brit Jason Welborn on the undercard of the Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder fight. With Hurd being the champion, the likelihood is Brook would have to travel to the States for this bout, but this represents the most direct route to a title for “Special K”.

Jermell Charlo

Charlo is another undefeated fighter that might be in Kell Brook’s sights. Similarly, to Hurd, Charlo is also 28-years-old and having stormed the ring following Hurd’s title defence last week a fight between those two is likely soon. In the past however, Charlo has spoken eagerly about a fight with Brook saying back in March “We would definitely try to get Kell Brook over to America, but if the money is right, we can go over the UK and get the win”. Charlo represents Brook’s best chance of winning a title on home soil but with an unblemished 31 win record the Texan is certainly a tough prospect for the Sheffield star.

ParkLife Sport Verdict: Both titanic super-welterweight title matches look an appealing proposition for Kell Brook, a win against either Hurd or Charlo would propel back him back to “world level”. You get the sense however that Amir Khan in Britain must happen. There maybe shades of Mayweather and Pacquiao with the fight coming years too late, despite this I think the British audience clamours for this match-up. It may be exactly what both fighters need as their careers head into their twilight.

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