Hellraiser Boxing News | Options Opening Up For Brook Debut At 154lbs
As Kell Brook's move to 154 lpbs is made official by Eddie Hearn, potential opponents have been making themselves known.
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As we reported a couple of weeks ago, Eddie Hearn officially confirmed this week that former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook will indeed step up to super welterweight on his return to the ring next year. Looking to rebuild after two punishing losses to Gennady Golovkin and then Errol Spence Jr. Brook will be aiming to become a two weight world champion, but may not step straight in at world level at the new weight, and options his promoters Matchroom are looking at for his first opponent have been surfacing.
Sam Eggington was a rangy welterweight and improving with every fight until being outpointed by Mohamed Mimoune for his EBU European welterweight title in October. Having apparently struggled to make the 147 limit for a while, Eggington has similarly chosen to move up a division and being with the Matchroom promotional stable could be a straightforward fight to make, and one Sam could not take too much discredit from defeat in (were he to lose, that is).
Also in the mix is the new German super welterweight king, Ashley Theophane. The Briton, who is under the Mayweather banner and has fought all over the world, said recently that Eddie Hearn has been on his case after his win,
"2017 has been an interesting year for me. UK promoter, Eddie Hearn seems obsessed to get me back home to compete. I appreciate the attention,"
While he didn't say outright that Hearn was in touch about a fight with Brook, it doesn't take much of an imagination to picture that being the plan. Theophane is a world title contender and a very tough and skillfull competitor. His only stoppage loss was to Adrien Broner, down at super lightweight for the WBA world title in April 2016. He would be a good test for Brook, and be able to have a big money homecoming fight for his troubles. Neither Theophane or Eggington are easy fights for Brook.
Another option, perhaps further down the line, and potentially with a belt on offer, would be Liam Smith. “Beefy” has locked his sights on Sadam Ali's new WBO belt, but a domestic rivalry, if stoked in the correct way, could fan the interest and therefore revenue meaning any obstacles are overcome easier. Whatever happens in the next twelve to eighteen months, it should be an exciting time for Kell Brook fans, with no shortage of challenges for the talented Sheffield man.
Posted: 7th Dec 2017
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