Kell Brook: ‘After chasing Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, losing to me would kill Amir Khan’

KELL BROOK has told Kevin Bizier he’s in for a rough night when he defends his IBF World Welterweight title at the Sheffield Arena on March 26, live on Sky Sports – before setting up a blockbuster fight in the summer.

Brook makes the third defence of his crown against the Canadian, after the IBF ordered his second mandatory battle since winning the crown in August 2014, with injury issues forcing him out of a voluntary defence against the dangerous Diego Chaves in October.

Brook met the media today (January 25) for the first time since a twitter storm broke out on Friday between himself, Khan and promoter Eddie Hearn, and while ‘The Special One’ reiterated his frustration at failing to land a clash with the Bolton fighter, he’s focus is on defending his crown in style before a huge fight in the summer against any of the division’s top dogs.

“Getting injured for the Diego Chaves fight was gutting, but that’s boxing,” said Brook. “I’ve been in training since November, all through Christmas and did an 80km bike ride on New Year’s Day – I’m well ahead of schedule and I can’t wait to be back in and boxing in Sheffield.

“Styles make fights, and Bizier is a come-forward fighter who is coming to take my belt; I know that feeling because I went to California to beat Porter. He’s going to bring everything he’s got to win the title, I’m going to go in there all guns blazing and get rid of this guy in style.

“If we can’t get the kid from Bolton [Amir Khan] then I’d like to get Danny Garcia in a unification, the Shawn Porter vs. Keith Thurman winner, the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley winner – I just want to have a massive fight in the summer.

“Khan has got no respect for me and that is what makes me want to punch his in the face even harder. For him to dictate terms to me, the champion, makes me laugh. I want that fight, every boxing fan in Britain and beyond wants the fight, even all the other fighters in the divisions want to watch us fight: it’s THE fight that is being talked about. Nothing would give me more pleasure than putting him on the floor.

“It would kill him losing to me, when he was chasing Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao he could live with losing to them, but he couldn’t lose to me and live with it after slagging me off for years.”

Brook headlines back in Sheffield for the first time since his maiden defence almost a year to the day on March 28 against Jo Jo Dan, and headlines a packed card where Luke Campbell MBE returns to action, and in the press conference today Hearn announced that Campbell would now be training in Miami with Jorge Rubio.

Adam Etches is straight back into title action on the card, Sheffield Heavyweights Dave Allen and Richard Towers clash in a British title eliminator and Andy Townend meets Craig Poxton for the English Super-Featherweight title.

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Amir Khan Kell Brook |Amir hiding in US, says Barry Hearn

Amir Khan Kell Brook

Amir Khan Kell Brook | Amir hiding in US, says Barry Hearn

 

Amir Khan has not yet committed to a fight with Kell Brook

Amir Khan Kell Brook is a massive fightAmir Khan has been avoiding Kell Brook by chasing unrealistic fights in America, says Matchroom Sport chairman Barry Hearn.

Khan has been frustrated in his pursuit of a big-name fight in the US, with Floyd Mayweather twice overlooking him as a possible opponent, while former gym-mate Manny Pacquiao is set to face Timothy Bradley in April.

Brook’s promoters Matchroom have only been able to hold tentative talks with Khan while he awaited Pacquiao’s decision, but Hearn insists the Filipino’s promoter Bob Arum told him that fight was never going to materialise.

I asked Arum ‘what percentage of a chance does Khan have of fighting Pacquiao?’ Arum sayid ‘less than one per cent’.

“I know Pacquiao well and Bob Arum is a friend of mine,” Matchroom founder Hearn said exclusively to Sky Sports.

“I asked Arum ‘what percentage of a chance does Khan have of fighting Pacquiao?’ Arum said ‘less than one per cent’. He had no chance.

“I’m very disappointed because Khan has been almost impossible. He doesn’t seem to want to fight anybody. [Being in America] is an excuse.

Barry Hearn claims he was told about Khan by promoter Bob Arum.

“I can make excuses too – I want to fight Deontay Wilder myself, right now. Am I going to get that fight? Extremely unlikely.

“What I’m saying is that you have to be realistic and live in the real world. He spent 18 months chasing Floyd Mayweather without one per cent chance of ever fighting Floyd Mayweather. Then he spent six months chasing Manny Pacquiao.”

Khan has been overlooked by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao

Hearn is hopeful that Khan will seriously consider a lucrative clash against IBF welterweight champion Brook, with Wembley Stadium being considered as the venue on June 4.

But he has lingering doubts about whether the former light-welterweight world champion genuinely wants to share the ring with the unbeaten Sheffield man.

“I’m getting more optimistic because, one-by-one, all of Khan’s alternatives [are disappearing],” Hearn said.

“At the moment for Khan to fight someone in the States, unless it’s Bradley or a top fighter, he’s only going to get a million or a million-and-a-half dollars. For him to fight Brook he’ll make three or four times more so it comes down to risk and reward.

“He doesn’t want to fight Brook. He was gambling that he’d get a bigger payday but he’ll get a lot of money for fighting Brook – but he may get beaten, and I think he probably will.

“Eddie [Hearn, Matchroom promoter] is trying to talk to his people all the time, and he says he wants to fight. Do I believe him? Not really, no.”

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Kell Brook v Amir Khan fight proposed for June 4 2016

Kell Brook v Amir Khan

Kell Brook v Amir Khan

KELL BROOK defending his IBF welterweight title against Amir Khan would be one of the biggest fights of 2016.

Eddie Hearn, Brook’s promoter, has pitched a date and venue to Khan’s team.“We’re talking, I’ve sent through the figures for a proposed bout June 4 at Wembley [stadium] for Kell Brook v Amir Khan and I think it will happen,” Hearn told Boxing News earlier.

“They know how much money is in the pot. Tell me what you want.”Amir Khan is on Top Rank’s shortlist to be the opponent for Manny Pacquiao’s final fight so the incentive for Amir Khan is to wait and see what direction Pacquiao chooses to go in. Kell Brook’s bout with Diego Chaves, scheduled for October 24, was cancelled and is now on hold indefinitely. He has to meet his mandatory challenger, Kevin Bizier, whom he could fight in February. “Kell Brook’s got to fight Kevin Bizier,” Hearn said. “That’s what they [the IBF] have ordered. We don’t want to lose the title. We’ll do everything we can to keep hold of the world title.”

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Kell Brook v Kevin Bizier heads to January 12 purse bid following counter offers

Kell Brook v Kevin Bizier

Kell Brook v Kevin Bizier

The mandatory IBF welterweight title clash Kell Brook v Kevin Bizier will go to a purse bid on January 12 should both sides fail to agree a deal beforehand.
As it stands, Bizier’s promoter Yvon Michel and Eddie Hearn - Brook’s handler, are yet to see eye-to-eye on the staging of the contest, although the former stated to WBN that things could change before the deadline.

“The IBF has scheduled a purse bid for January 12th for Kell Brook v Kevin Bizier. I am in communication with Eddie via email. We got an offer and we made an offer, then we got a counter offer. We are evaluating our options now," Michel exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I have a good relationship with Eddie and we both working for the benefit of our fighter. The communication line will still be open until purse bid day.”

Michel would obviously like to gain his fighter the opportunity to compete for a world title on home soil in Canada, whilst Brook usually makes his defences in the sanctuary of his beloved Sheffield. There is also the possibility of holding the fight at a neutral venue, potentially in the US, as negotiations continue on both sides.

Brook is said to be completing his obligation to number one Bizier with a view to making a voluntary against UK rival Amir Khan over the summer. Hearn has longed to put Brook and Khan together for the past two years and will be even more hopeful after the Olympic silver medallist missed out on both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao recently.

Challenger Bizier won his opportunity by halting Fredrick Lawson in ten rounds last November but has lost twice to Jo Jo Dan in the past, a fighter Brook brushed aside with ease in March via fourth round stoppage.

Brook v khan set for Wembley 4th june

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Kell’s next defence could be States bound

 

Kell Brook’s world title defence in February may be staged in America – because it would be “more appealling” than hosting it in Sheffield or elsewhere in the UK.
The IBF match-up with Canadian Kevin Bizier is expected to precede Brook’s biggest ever pay day – a Pay Per View collision with domestic rival Amir Khan at Wembley in the Summer.

But Sheffield fans hoping to see their welterweight champion closer to home before then may be disappointed.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “The IBF have ordered us to fight Bizier. We had an agreement to fight Diego Chaves but if the fight’s not for the IBF world title then the agreement is void.

“If we have to deal with the mandatory then it’s likely we’ll travel to America to do it because it’s more appealing there than here.

“He’s a decent fighter but it’s not the easiest to sell and we need to prepare for the Khan fight, which is what we’re heading towards. It’s all feet to the pedal on that.”

Brook will have to focus on Bizier to avoid the overseas date turning into a banana skin.

But Hearn is happy to discuss the Khan confrontation.
He told Sky Sports: “We’re pushing forward for the Khan fight and we expect it to happen at the end of May or early June.”We’re speaking to their team and I believe the fight will happen. It’s the biggest fight out there for both of them. It’s common sense and I believe common sense will prevail.”

The 29-year-old Sheffielder (35-0, with 24 knockout wins) has not fought since stopping Frankie Gavin in May and pulled out of an October date with Chaves due to a rib injury.

Kell Brook may have to settle for mandatory scrap

Canadian Kevin Bizier is almost certainly going to be Kell Brook’s next opponent.

Sheffield’s IBF world champion wants a bigger name, like Timothy Bradley, but Brook’s recent injury – which forced the postponement of the fight with Diego Chaves – means he’ll likely be out until March or April.

Meanwhile, Bizier has done all he needs to do to get in the frame – last month he won a welterweight title eliminator – and is pressing the IBF to meet his demands.
Brook had to face Jo Jo Dan as a mandatory challenger in March – and it is expected of IBF champions to arrange a meeting with their next mandatory opponent within nine months.

The Sheffielder could perhaps skip round that if his camp could arrange a unification bout – Bradley is the WBO champion – but the American’s handlers have been rudely dismissive of the South Yorkshireman, saying he does not have to calibre and profile to trigger a big enough pay day.

Commissioning bodies don’t like their champions to be inactive, so the IBF are likely to accept Bizier’s demands for a crack at Brook’s title.

Kell Brook and Timothy Bradley nearing a deal for unification fight

The IBF boss from Sheffield will agree to put up his crown alongside Bradley’s WBO belt for a huge welterweight showdown, writes Craig Birch.

Brook insists a venue or date has yet to be set but ‘Special K’ is open to travelling to the United States to face Bradley, who is a big draw in his home country.

He was equally fearless when he become a global force, unseating reigning IBF titlist Shawn Porter by majority points decision in California 15 months ago.

The 29-year-old also wants to make a name for himself in America and prove to their public that he’s a better fighter than fellow Englishman and hated rival Amir Khan.

He was talking from the Holiday Inn Queensway, as the feature attraction of an evening promoted by Darren Ashmore on Saturday night.

Tyson Fury became England’s 11th reigning world champion that very same evening, with a stunning upset to outpoint heavyweight ruler Wladimir Klitschko in Germany.

Brook was in Birmingham for the first time since he boxed at the Genting Arena in 2010, defending his British title against Michael Jennings having already won a Lonsdale belt.

He told the Express & Star: “I’ve had quite a few fights now and picked up a world title on the way. My career is on the up and up and I’m very pleased with where I am.

“I’m an undefeated world champion and I want to be out there fighting the best in the welterweight division. That’s how I’ll prove I’m the best.

“When I tell people what I’m going to do, I always back it up. I think we are very close to making the Bradley fight and I’m excited.

“I need this, something will get me more recognition and that means an opponent that will get the fans really talking about me.

“I don’t mind where it is, I’d prefer it to be over here but I could get up for a trip to Las Vegas as well. It’s a Catch 22 situation. Where does he want to get beat?”

With Bradley lined up, it looks as if a planned title defence against Diego Chaves has been put on the backburner.

They were due to meet on October 24, the original date for Fury versus Klitschko. Brook hurt his rib in training, while Klitschko tore his left calf.

Brook’s withdrawal from taking on Chaves – who drew with Bradley in his last contest – prompted former WBA world champion Brandon Rios to label him ‘a coward.’

But Rios, who saw a match with Brook scrapped earlier this year, has since slipped down the pecking order after he was stopped in nine by Bradley for the WBO strap.

Brook’s promoters Matchroom are still keen on making a fight with Khan, who turned the chance of a Battle of Britain blockbuster this past May.

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A date for dinner with world champ Kell Brook

The current IBF welterweight boss will be at the Holiday Inn Queensway in two weeks time, on Saturday November 28, writes Craig Birch.

‘Special K’ has been on the sidelines with a bruised rib, which ruled him out of his third title defence against Diego Chaves last month.

That fight is still in the pipeline, as could be a Battle of Britain blockbuster against fellow Englishman Amir Khan next summer.

The hard-hitter from the famed Ingle gym in Sheffield is one of 11 reigning British world champions, including interim title holders, but is arguably the most marketable.

His last fight, against fellow Brit Frankie Gavin, headlined on Sky Sports Box Office earlier this year and he’s considered a jewel in the crown of promoters Matchroom.

The night, sponsored by Cannock’s R & S Dry Lining Services will also see him reunite with Darlaston’s Stuart Elwell.

The former marine knows first hand what he can do, having been stopped in two rounds of a British title fight to a young Brook six years ago.

Former foe Gavin has a place on the top table, as does fellow Brummie and former Commonwealth champion Don Broadhurst.

British welterweight titlist Sam Eggington, from Stourbridge, and Rowley Regis’ Jason Welborn, a former challenger, will also attend.

Standard tickets range from £45 to £65 and include a three course meal. VIP passes, which include a meet and greet and front row seats, are £100.

There will be photo opportunities, a raffle and an auction. The dress code is smart casual, with doors opening at 6.30pm.

Brook Won’t Be Ready Until Next Year, Says Hearn

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The next defense by IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (35-0, 24KOs) is ruled out until 2016, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.

Brook was set to make the third defense of the year on October 24th, but then suffered a rib injury in training and withdrew from the bout. He was set to face tough Argentinian Diego Chaves.

“The rib injury, he’s not going to be ready until next year,” Hearn told BoxingScene.com’s Declan Taylor.

Hearn squashed the looming rumors of Brook being added to the massive card on December 12th, when heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte will collide in the main event.

Brook captured the title last August with a majority decision over Shawn Porter. Before his next defense could be finalized, he was stabbed in the leg by an unknown assailant. The injury pushed back his first defense to March, when he knocked out mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan. He came back two months later, on May 30th, to get another knockout win, over Frankie Gavin.

Jess Ennis-Hill expert helps Kell Brook

 

Injured champ Kell Brook is being treated by a therapist in soft tissue damage who works wonders with athletics icon Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Sheffield’s world champion boxer is making good progress under Mansfield’s Derry Suter and could be healed within two or three weeks.

Nobody is making any predictions, but if he can start sparring again shortly, it is possible that he can fight again in December, or more likely January.

Every boxer likes to have Christmas off, but Brook is used to that hardship – and will do what he has to, to defend his IBF title.

Trainer Dom Ingle said: “The muscles and tissues around the rib are inflamed, and while he is not sparring, he is hitting the bag and dropping weight.

“He is showing good signs of improvement, is not in the same pain and getting more movement back.

“The last thing anybody wants is to let his Sheffield fans down again, so we will wait and be guided by the expert advice. It is important that we get that all-clear.”

Whether or not Argentina’s Diego Chaves – his planned opponent for the October 24 title defence that had to be postponed – will be available to face the Sheffield star in December or the New Year is open to question.

If he is not, promoter Eddie Hearn will have the challenge of finding somebody who ticks all the boxes…both Brook and his growing fan base are hungry for a big name.

Kell Brook wants to make a quick recovery and prove he is the best welterweight in the world.

Kell Brook wants to make a quick recovery and prove he is the best welterweight in the world.

The IBF world champion will be sat ringside in Sheffield on Saturday instead of defending his title against Diego Chaves, after picking up to injury in the build-up.

Brook was forced to pull out last week due to a serious muscle injury sustained in sparring and has since been labelled a coward by American welterweight rival Brandon Rios.

Rios claimed the Sheffield star is scared to fight Amir Khan and would lose to plenty of other big-name fighters at 147lbs, but even though he is “absolutely devastated” by the injury, Brook is staying positive.

“I think I’ve seen what he [Rios] said and I am telling you now, I am the best welterweight on the planet,” he told Sky Sports.

“There’s no welterweight out there who can beat me. He can say I am scared of any other fighter and he can say this or that. I am just sorry for all the fans in Sheffield who were going to turn out and see me on Saturday. I was going to do [to Chaves] what no one else has done.

“It’s just going to have to wait a little bit longer, but when I release what I am going to release on fight night, you’re going to know that no welterweight can touch me.”

Brook still wants to fight Argentine Chaves as soon as possible, and in a further response to Rios, he said there is no update on the chances of a domestic clash with bitter rival Khan.

But the 29-year-old admits the delay is adding to the frustration that has stopped him making “an extreme statement” on Saturday night, which will instead see Chris Eubank Jr and Gavin McDonnell taking the spotlight, live on Sky Sports.

“I believe when I am at 100 per cent, there is no one who can touch me,” he said. “Manny Pacquiao, [Danny] Garcia, [Keith] Thurman, [Shawn] Porter, [Timothy] Bradley – all of them are in my sights now. All the elite-level fighters with the massive names and who are great fighters themselves.

“It’s just pushing it all back, which is frustrating. As for Rios, he obviously doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

Brook’s injury was sustained during a sparring session with the hard-hitting Russian David Avanesyen last week, raising fears about a possible broken rib.

He and trainer Dominic Ingle went straight to hospital for a scan but with no break, he has already had treatment on the damaged area.

Brook admits he is always “big at the weight” but made it clear that there were no other reasons for pushing back the showdown with Chaves.

“My weight is not a problem,” he said. “The fact is, every time I fight I make the weight. People say I am scared, or this is a weight problem, but I have been training for ever. My weight was bang on. I was on all the targets in the gym, so it is a genuine injury.

“Tendons are around there [the muscle] so it is very, very sore and to go into a fight with someone like Chaves, a tough customer renowned for going for the body, I am nowhere near 100 per cent so I could not put my future or my world title in jeopardy.

“I was looking forward to fighting in Sheffield again. I’ve seen posters on my way down to the gym, on billboards, in parks but everything has just come crashing down.

“I love this game but I hate it sometimes, but what can you do? There’s no point in crying over it.

“I will keep myself in good shape, look after myself and hopefully recover in quick time – and then get another date soon.”

Kell out of chaves fight

Matchroom Boxing announced that Kell Brook’s October 24 title defense against Diego Chaves – which was scheduled to air live on Showtime – has been postponed due to a rib injury suffered by Brook. The Showtime telecast is completely cancelled. Showtime announced that it will “consider” coverage of the rescheduled Brook-Chaves bout once event details are finalized.

The Sheffield show will still go ahead with Chris Eubank Jr topping the bill as he makes a final defense of his WBA interim world middleweight title against Tony Jeter. The winner of that bout will then be stripped and Alfonso Blanco will ascend to the WBA interim throne. Also, Gavin McDonnell defends his European bantamweight strap against former world title challenger Jeremy Parodi. Sky Sports will televise in the UK.

Fans who bought tickets will be entitled to full refunds or partial refunds if they’re still attending the show.