Kell Brook Interested In Welterweight Clash With Terence Crawford
While he has not fought in the welterweight division in a long time, Kell Brook would do so if it meant getting in the ring with Terence Crawford.
Brook (39-2) returned to actin back in February for the first time since 2018. Injuries have halted the progression of “Special K”, but the former IBF Welterweight Champion is still a hot commodity within the division.
“Making 147 is something Terence and all these American fighters seem to love to ask me to do when it’s put on their toes: ‘Would you fight Kell Brook?’ Tell Kell Brook to make weight,’” Brook stated to Boxing Scene. “It’s fine though. It shows me they respect my ability and take some sort of comfort from convincing themselves it might not happen.”
The 34-year-old won the welterweight title off of Shawn Porter in August 2014. He defended it three times before moving to middleweight to face Gennadiy Golovkin. Losing to Golovkin via TKO and Spence via KO, Brook sustained damage and lost his title. He took a year off before facing Sergey Rabchenko and Micahel Zerafa. Brook would end up beating Mark DeLuca in February for the WBO Inter-Continental Light-Middleweight Title.
Recently, Top Rank’s Bob Arum named Brook as a potential opponent for WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford. He was one of several choices if Manny Pacquiao wasn’t available. Brook, who has expressed a desire to face Crawford before, spoke about the potential opportunity.
“I am very interested in the Crawford fight as are my team,” Brook went on to say. “It’s a genuine proper fight and will capture the imagination of the transatlantic audience. It’s been a testing time for all of us globally during the coronavirus pandemic and when (major) boxing does return, with the safety aspect being paramount, it’s big nights like these that the fans will crave and get the fans excited. I’m the strongest and best boxer he will have faced and once I beat him, he can have a rematch and we can always do it all over again in England.”
Dan Rafael went on to say that Brook and Arum were meant to meet in March before Shakur Stevenson and Michael Conlan’s bouts. Both of their fight cards were nixed, canceling any plans to meet.
One issue that has been discussed is travel. There is a travel ban in the United States as a result of the coronavirus, but restrictions could be lifted for athletes.
Brook wants the fight and Arum is enticed with the idea. Crawford is interested in competing as long as he doesn’t take a cut in his pay. As long as everything can be set, Brook will be happy with whatever decision is made.
“I boxed in February. I’ve been ticking over during lockdown and I’m back in the boxing gym training,” said Brook. “By the fall time, I’ll be more than ready. I will make the weight. Then I’ll make the wait worthwhile! 147 and strong on them scales and then stood right in front of Terence Crawford, in that center of the ring, ready to dance under all of them lights! Let’s get it done!”