Hellraiser Boxing News | Hearn Confirms Brook Move to Super Welter
Eddie Hearn has met with Kell Brook and seemingly confirmed the popular Sheffield fighter's future is at 154lbs.
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Eddie Hearn has met with Kell Brook to discuss the Sheffield man's future, and seemingly confirmed on his Instagram following that meeting that Brook will step up a division. Brook lost his IBF welterweight title in May, being ground down and stopped by a magnificent Errol Spence Jr in his home town at Bramall Lane football stadium. He will look to compete at 154 pounds in the super welterweight division on his comeback, scheduled for the first half of 2018.
Brook has broken both eye sockets in his last two fights, the left against Spence, and the right in September 2016. In that previous fight, a step up to middleweight proved a bridge too far for the then unbeaten fighter, as a valiant but doomed performance against Gennady Golovkin ended painfully for Brook. Rumours about his ability to make 147 pounds have been doing the rounds for a while, so the move is not a huge surprise, and there would appear to be some options for Brook.
Domestically the super welterweight scene is bristling with talent. Liam Smith looks all set to fight for a world title, and Liam Williams showed he's not far off that level and is still improving in the two fights he had with Smith. Behind them are names such as Sam Eggington, James Metcalf, Joe Pigford, Ted Cheeseman and Hellraiser's inimitable Asinia “D'Ghost” Byfield. However, Brook and Hearn may choose a more international route to titles.
Current world champions in the division are Jermell Charlo, Erislandy Lara, Jarrett Hurd and Miguel Cotto, who is retiring after his defence against Sadam Ali next month. While Hurd would appear to be the weakest champion, it remains to be seen who will fill Cotto's shoes if he gets past Ali as expected. To conquer this division would be a big ask for Brook but he has risen to challenges before; his away win to capture the IBF belt from Shawn Porter was an excellent result for example.
Of course, whisper it quietly, but the fight fans really want to see is Kell Brook against Amir Khan. However it's one which quite frankly looks like it won't happen unless someone's hand is forced. Which is a shame, but good luck to Kell Brook in his training camp and new division from all at Hellraiser. D'Ghost is coming for you, too, now!
Posted: 22nd Nov 2017
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