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Kell Brook vs Errol Spence not impossible, admits Eddie Hearn

Kell Brook could step back down to welterweight to face Errol Spence but might not “reach the same performance levels”, says promoter Eddie Hearn.

The ‘Special One’ is still the reigning IBF world champion at 147lbs despite moving up two divisions to unsuccessfully challenge middleweight king Gennady Golovkin in September.

The governing body has informed Brook (36-1-KO25) and his team that if he wants to remain champion negotiations to face mandatory challenger Spence (21-0-KO18) must begin on October 26.

Brook said in the build-up to the Golovkin fight that he no longer considered himself a welterweight and while Hearn is concerned about his fighter stepping back down, he is not ruling out taking on the American known as ‘The Truth’.

“At the moment we are keeping all our options open,” he told Sky Sports.

Errol Spence Jr is Kell Brook’s mandatory challenger at 147lbs

“Kell can make 147 but I don’t think he can necessarily reach the same performance levels. The Spence fight is a big fight for us, especially at 75/25 so it’s definitely something to take seriously.”

Brook is still recovering from surgery following a broken eye socket sustained against Golovkin but trainer Dominic Ingle says the Sheffield star will be back in the ring “sooner rather than later” and wants a big-name on his return.

“The GGG fight has given Kell a number of high profile options but I think realistically his next opponent comes from Spence, Canelo, Cotto or Khan,” said Hearn.

Kell can make 147 but I don’t think he can necessarily reach the same performance levels. The Spence fight is a big fight for us, especially at 75/25 so it’s definitely something to take seriously.

IBF chairman Lindsey Tucker concedes Brook’s injury could yet delay a showdown with Spence but is sticking to the October 26 deadline, whatever the outcome.

“A couple of things could happen,” Tucker told The Ring Magazine. “He could say he’s giving up the title to move up in weight.

Brook says he could have gone blind if his corner had not thrown in the towel against Gennady Golovkin
“He could come up and say that he suffered from an eye injury and he needs some additional time, so we could give him a medical extension.

“But we won’t know unless they come to us and say ‘we’re giving up the title’ – we won’t know anything before then.”

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Kell Brook comes through gory operation – and is targeting Amir Khan, Saul Alvarez, Miguel Cotto

Kell Brook is on the mend after an operation to fix his broken eye socket.

Trainer Dominic Ingle says the Sheffield world champion, stopped earlier this month by middleweight Gennady Golovkin, underwent surgery at the city’s Charles Clifford hospital and could resume limited training within the next week or so and be sparring in four months.

“He looked worse after the fight than he did after the operation” said Ingle. The procedure sounds an gory one: “The surgeon – who was called Mohammed-Ali believe it or not – went up through his gums, his front teeth, moved an eye to one side and then sorted out the fracture” he said. “Kell is good, though, and doesn’t want any delays before his next fight – he wants to be out again early in the New year, rather than later.” It won’t be clear whether Brook will campaign at welterweight, light middleweight or middleweight until a contract is drawn up with a suitable opponent. “After fighting Golovkin, Kell only wants to box seriously big names, like Amir Khan, Saul Alvarez, Miguel Cotto. “Big fights and titles on the line, that’s what you need from this moment on.”

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Kell Brook shows off impressive physique after adding extra bulk to face Gennady Golovkin

If there was any lingering doubt as to whether Kell Brook would be able to move up two weight divisions for his mega fight then this image should dispel those concerns.
With his added bulk, the unbeaten Sheffield fighter looks in impressive shape ahead of his meeting with feared WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his belts at the O2 next Saturday.
Posing during a training session, Brook flexed and roared at the camera, posting the image to Instagram with the caption: ‘Week out… Let’s get it… #WarReady.’

A natural welterweight, Brook is the IBF champion in that division – and has the unenviable task of trying to beat the heavy-handed Kazakhstan, who has knocked-out 32 of his 35 opponents. No-one has gone the distance with him since 2008.
Brook boldly stepped forward to accept the challenge, after negotiations between Golovkin and Chris Eubank Jr fell through and although ‘Triple G’ is the strong favourite, the Brit was confident of the task at hand.
‘This is my dream. No British fighter in history has got a win like this one. Every single day I’m pushing myself to get this win. I’m very confident and I’m big, strong and heavy. I’m ready to rip into Golovkin.

‘I will find a way to win. These fighters who’ve been in with him have already lost before they went in. I’ve faced death in the face and this is fun to me.’
Should Brook claim easily the biggest scalp on his resume, he would have surpassed the efforts of rival Amir Khan, who himself moved up to middleweight, but was viciously seen off by Canelo Alvarez back in May.
Callum and Paul Smith, Gavin McDonnell and Kid Galahad have all been confirmed on the under-card for the sold-out show in London which will be live on Sky Box Office.

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Kell Brook weighs in 11lb heavier than Gennady Golovkin at 30-day check

Kell Brook was 11lb heavier than Gennady Golovkin as he weighed in on the 176lb 30-day limit for their middleweight world title fight.
Brook is stepping up from the 147lb welterweight division to challenge the champion from Kazakhstan on September 10 in London.
But he appears to have allayed fears over the size difference as Golovkin scaled just 165lb on Wednesday.

Golovkin will put his WBA, IBF and WBC titles on the line at The O2 in London and the latter governing body insists on both 30-day and seven-day check weigh-ins.
Both boxers were required not to weigh more than 10 per cent more than the 160lb middleweight limit on Wednesday and must scale within five per cent (168lb) a week before they touch gloves.
But Brook, who holds the IBF belt at welterweight, has no concerns about moving up two divisions.
‘I’m very healthy at 160lbs,’ he said. ‘I’m hydrated and eating well, nice sized meals that are giving me so much energy and I’m giving more of myself in the gym. I’m getting pushed in the gym and I’m delivering.

‘I want to go down in history like Sugar Ray Robinson as doing massive things in big fights and beating the best – GGG is the best fighter in the world, and I am going to beat him.
‘I’m going to be so sharp and so powerful on the night. No-one has got the best out of me before but GGG will bring that out in me and I’m excited to see that from myself. I always find a way to win and there’s going to be massive drama in the fight.
‘It doesn’t get better than this and I’m doing this for the fans that have wanted me to step-up and show them what Kell Brook can really do and prove I am among the elite in the sport.’

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‘I’ll be the same size as Gennady Golovkin on the night,’ declares Kell Brook

KELL BROOK says his monster clash with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin for the WBA, WBC and IBF world middleweight titles at The O2 in London on September 10 live on Sky Sports Box Office and HBO World Championship Boxing is his chance to prove he is an elite fighter.

Brook welcomed Golovkin to London yesterday for the UK press conference ahead of their clash and the unbeaten IBF welterweight king bristled with confidence as the packed press rows that he had finally landed the blockbuster clash to showcase the skills that landed him the moniker of ‘The Special One’.

“This is the biggest fight in world boxing – I’m so excited,” said Brook. “I’m the best welterweight in the world and no-one wants to fight me, he’s the best middleweight in the world and no one wants him. I’ll be his size on the night and I’m bringing the speed to middleweight. To be the best you have to beat the best.

“I’m going to be so sharp and so powerful on the night. No-one has got the best out of me before but GGG will bring that out in me and I’m excited to see that from myself. I always find a way to win and there’s going to be massive drama in the fight.

“It doesn’t get better than this and I’m doing this for the fans that have wanted me to step-up and show them what Kell Brook can really do and prove I am among the elite in the sport.”

Brook is moving up to 160lbs to face the feared Kazakh KO machine and it’s a move that he says he’s already feeling the benefit of in his Spanish training camp.

“I’m very healthy at 160lbs,” said Brook. “I’m hydrated and eating well, nice sized meals that are giving me so much energy and I’m giving more of myself in the gym. I’m getting pushed in the gym and I’m delivering. I want to go down in history like Sugar Ray Robinson as doing massive things in big fights and beating the best – GGG is the best fighter in the world, and I am going to beat him.”

Brook’s clash with Golovkin is part of a huge night of action at the sold-out Greenwich venue and one of three world title clashes bitter rivals Lee Haskins and Stuart Hall rematch four years after their first fight, this time with Haskins’ IBF world bantamweight crown on the line and Charlie Edwards lands a world title shot in just his ninth pro fight as he takes on IBF Flyweight king Johnriel Casimero.

Martin J. Ward and Andy Townend clash for the vacant British Super-Featherweight title and Conor Benn tastes his fourth night of action in the paid ranks, with more fights to be added soon.

Gennady Golovkin says Kell Brook’s size makes him a genuine threat

Gennady Golovkin is expecting Kell Brook to give him the toughest test of his unbeaten career to date.

The middleweight star and the ‘Special One’ went face-to-face in London on Monday for the final time until fight week, with the Sky Sports Box Office event taking place at The O2, on September 10.

Golovkin (35-0-KO32) admits he was surprised at Brook’s size when they first met in New York last week and with the welterweight moving up two divisions, the WBA Super, WBO and IBF champion now knows what he is dealing with.

Gennady Golovkin is expecting Kell Brook to give him the toughest test of his unbeaten career to date.

The middleweight star and the ‘Special One’ went face-to-face in London on Monday for the final time until fight week, with the Sky Sports Box Office event taking place at The O2, on September 10.

Golovkin (35-0-KO32) admits he was surprised at Brook’s size when they first met in New York last week and with the welterweight moving up two divisions, the WBA Super, WBO and IBF champion now knows what he is dealing with.

“The first time I looked at him I thought: ‘Wow! 147? No way!’,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.

“He is my size, like he’s at 160. I am not a big guy so it is very close for us. Right now I realise he is a true test and the biggest test for us.

It’s a big present for me but now I realise this is a big present for everyone.

“This is the biggest test for me. It is not a big difference because he is the same size, he’s strong and I think he has a different boxing style and speed – but there isn’t a lot of difference.”

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Kell Brook: Gennady Golovkin win would give fighter ‘greatness’

Britain’s IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook said he took the fight with undisputed world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin “to reach greatness”.

The undefeated fighters will meet in London on 10 September.

Brook, 30, who is moving up two weight divisions, is unbeaten in 36 fights while Kazakh Golovkin, 34, has won all 35 of his professional bouts.

“The greats have gone on, like Sugar Ray Leonard, to win titles in the heavier divisions,” said Brook.

“To be a great fighter, you have to do great things. For me, a welterweight, to step up against one of the most feared fighters in the world, I’ll have to do everything right. If I don’t, I’ll come up short.

“We’re going to put the hard work in in training. We will go through hell in that training camp but that’s what you have to do to reach greatness.

“When it was floated, I jumped at the chance. I’m doing it for the fans.”

American Leonard won titles at five weight divisions in the 1980s – welterweight, light middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight.

Golovkin has never boxed in Britain before but has beaten two British fighters in world title defences – Matt Macklin was knocked out in three rounds in 2013 and Martin Murray lasted 11 rounds in 2015.

Speaking at a news conference in New York, he said he thinks Brook will give him his most difficult fight to date.

“It’s the biggest day for me,” he said. “He’s (Brook) very strong. It’s the biggest test for me.”

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Kell Brook’s fight with Gennady Golovkin ‘solves a problem’ for both fighters

Gennady Golovkin’s promoter says his bout with Kell Brook solves a problem fighters share – that opponents in their own weight divisions do not want to face them.

Welterweight Brook (36-0-KO25) will fight the Kazakh middleweight at the 02 Arena and live on Sky Sports Box Office on September 10, with all four of Golovkin’s world titles on the line.

Brook’s decision to accept the fight has been questioned by many people within the sport, but the 30-year-old has said he plans to be a “different animal” during the contest.

Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler feels the fact both fighters boast undefeated records and reputations as fearsome competitors meant they were limited in terms of potential opponents in their own weight divisions.

“Kell wasn’t really on our radar screen because he’s a welterweight, so we didn’t expect him to be a realistic opponent,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.

“But I think Kell had been thinking about this fight for a while because he’s had a challenge getting the big welterweight names to fight him, just like we’ve had the same challenge getting big middleweight names to fight Gennady.

“So this really solves the problem for both fighters. It’s a massive event. I was at the fight in the United States when Kell beat Porter and he made a huge statement in that fight.”

Loeffler says the dominant opinion of Brook within the Golovkin camp is one of respect for taking on such a difficult-looking fight, and says the Sheffield star will not be underestimated.

“Gennady’s always 100 per cent prepared,” he said. “I’ve never seen any athlete train as hard as he does and there’s a reason behind his success.

“He’s consistent with every fight and he never underestimates any opponent. With Kell stepping up from welterweight it takes it to a whole new level and I think that’s why the fans are so excited.

“You’ve got to give him a lot of respect for that.”

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Kell Brook Would Absolutely Destroy Adrien Broner – Hearn

As previously reported, former four division world champion Adrien Broner (32-2, 24KOs) is returning to the welterweight division
Over the last few years, Broner has had three fights in the welterweight division. He won a split decision over Paulie Malignaggi in 2013, lost a twelve round decision to Marcos Maidana in the fall of the same year, and suffered a twelve round decision loss to Shawn Porter last June at a catch-weight of 144.
Five of his last six fights took place in the junior welterweight division.
Earlier this month, Broner stopped British fighter Ashley Theophane in nine rounds. He was unable to make the junior welterweight limit and came in at 140.4-pounds. While the overage seemed a bit minor on paper, Broner stated that his body gave out and he was no longer capable of making the division limit.
While discussing his intention to move back to welterweight, he also revealed his immediate goal of capturing another world title at the weight.
Eddie Hearn, who promotes IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25KOs), is prepared to give Broner a shot as soon as possible. Money won’t be an issue, but Hearn believes Broner will never accept that fight for any amount of financial compensation.
Hearn has a close working relationship with Broner’s adviser, Al Haymon, so putting together a deal would not be a problem. Regardless of the purse or the fight location, Hearn expects Broner to turn the fight down.
“Adrien Broner would not fight Kell Brook in a million years at 147-pounds. He would get absolutely destroyed against Kell Brook. You don’t play with Kell Brook by coming in ill prepared, heavy. This kid has got it all. Just ask anyone in boxing. That’s why it’s so difficult getting him these fights,” Hearn told BoxingScene.com.
“If Broner wants a shot at a title at 147, he’s got it – but he won’t do it.”

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Jessie Vargas or Tim Bradley most likely next for Kell Brook

THE much spoken of, major summer fight that Kell Brook needs could see the IBF welterweight champion lining up against WBO champion Jessie Vargas or Tim Bradley.

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn sees those two men as the most likely options. “It’s really difficult. Honestly, because Kell’s not a huge name in America. They know him and [the Kevin Bizier fight] would have been seen over there. I think they don’t look at Kell Brook and fancy that one. Charles Martin’s a good example, could have stayed in America, had a couple of defences. You pay the big money, they’ve got no choice. So you’ve got to find the big money for Kell. It is difficult,” Hearn confesses.

“While it would be wonderful to fight Vargas for the two belts, Bradley’s much bigger. Brook-Bradley’s a great fight. I’ve always wanted him to fight Bradley. I’m so desperate to make it because I know he can beat him. He’s that good. I know it’s easy to say that.

“[Kevin] Bizier is tough. [Danny] Garcia wouldn’t have done that to him. They might have stopped him in eight, nine, 10 rounds. The punches aren’t the same. Kell is switching southpaw without even thinking… He just does things so naturally. He sees the gaps. That’s the frustrating thing. We’ve got a British fighter that I think can be an elite fighter. He is an elite fighter but he hasn’t had the elite fights yet, other than [Shawn] Porter. That was a long time ago.”

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Kell Brook is better than Naseem Hamed

A glittering list of champions has emerged from the Ingle gym in Sheffield, Naseem Hamed, Johnny Nelson and more. But Dominic Ingle believes Kell Brook is the best of them.

“He’s probably the best out of the lot,” Dominic said. “I spent a bit time of training Naz. Naz had a bit of power. I think Kell’s a better boxer and got a better variety of shots than Naz. I think Naz knew he could take guys out. There were times when he didn’t exhibit boxing skills but towards the middle of his career when he was defending his title, he’d use a lot more power, neglecting the skill aspects of it. I think that showed when he boxed Barrera.

“Kell’s been developing for a long time. I’ve seen him develop from a 10 year old kid into a world champion. He’s nearly 30 now, he’s probably hitting his peak, maybe another two to three years when he needs to be getting the big fights. I keep saying it, he’s never been in a position where we’ve had to see the best of him. He got rid of [Kevin] Bizier in two rounds. That’s what he had to do. These guys can’t go more than two rounds, or four rounds like Jo Jo Dan. He’s had his mandatory, he had to get rid of him quick to get the big fights. We’re only going to see the best fights against the best kids because he’ll have to pull something out the bag and he’s well capable of doing that. But when he sees an opportunity to take somebody out, he’s not going to stand back and box them for 12 rounds. If I’m being honest I’d say, he’s the best.”