Kell Brook likely to have to fight Devon Alexander in Saint Louis, not the UK
By Scott Gilfoid: Kell Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn is hoping that IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) will either agree to fight Brook in the UK or simply vacate his title altogether in order for Brook to get his way. However, the word is Alexander has no intention of vacating the IBF strap, and it’s still unclear whether he’ll fight Brook next or make him wait while Alexander looks for a much more lucrative fight for his first defense of his International Boxing Federation title.
One thing is clear, though, and that’s when Alexander does get around to defending his title agaisnt Brook, it sure isn’t going to be taking place in the UK. That’s not going to happen, and I doubt that Hearn will be able to out-bid Alexander’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions in order to get the fight in the UK.
That won’t work out well at all if he tries to get the fight in Brook’s neck of the woods. If Alexander wasn’t such a huge draw in his home city of Saint Louis, Missouri, then he’d possibly agree to fight Brook in the UK, considering that Brook routinely draws 9000+ fans when he fights at the Motorpoint Arena, in Sheffield.
Alexander brings in similar numbers whenever he fights in Saint Louis, so there’s no reason for Alexander to come to the UK to try and get a little more money because there won’t be any additional green stuff that he can get by agreeing to fight Brook there. And there’s no way that Hearn and his Matchroom Sport promotional company are going to be able to out-bid Golden Boy to try and force the fight to take place in the UK.
As such, Brook is going to have to either accept that the fight will be taking place in the United States or he can choose not to fight Alexander and then continue to fight the likes of Hector Saldivia, Rafal Jackiewicz and Matthew Hatton instead. But if Brook wants to fight the champion Alexander, he’s going to have to fight him in the U.S., not the UK.