Hearn: Kell Brook Coming for Sadam Ali’s Title
Less than a day after a new champion was crowned, Eddie Hearn issued a challenge to the new WBO super welterweight champion, Sunday. Hearn let new champion, Sadam Ali know Kell Brook wants to fight for his 154-pound championship. Hearn’s company promotes England’s Brook, who is expected to return to the ring sometime early in March against a soon-to-be-named opponent.
Hearn indicated that Brook will face a lesser opponent than Ali in his first fight as a 154-pounder before trying to secure a shot at Ali’s title. Brook hasn’t fought since suffering another fractured orbital bone during his 11th-round knockout loss to undefeated Errol Spence Jr. on May 27 in Sheffield, England, Brook’s hometown.
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) December 3, 2017
Both Golden Boy and Matchroom Boxing have deals with HBO, which would possibly make a deal between both companies an easier negotiation. Golden Boy Promotions’ President Eric Gomez, has contacted Hearn before regarding Brook, as he was on the short list to fight Cotto, but due to the eye injury, Brook was not cleared to fight.
Brook underwent surgery to repair a broken eye socket around his left eye, after losing his IBF welterweight title to Spence six months ago. Brook would undergo a similar surgery for his fractured right eye socket following his fifth-round technical knockout loss to IBF/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in September 2016 in London.