Hearn: Alexander WILL fight Brook next, possibly on Garcia-Judah undercard on April 27th
By Scott Gilfoid: According to British promoter Eddie Hearn, #1 IBF welterweight contender Kell Brook will be fighting for the IBF strap next against IBF 147 pound champion Devon Alexander in a fight that could possibly end up as the co-main event on the Danny Garcia vs. Zab Judah card on April 27th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Hearn is working with Golden Boy Promotions to try and get the fight on that card. If not, Hearn wants to take it to the UK.
Hearn says that Brook will either be fighting Alexander for the IBF welterweight title next or he’ll be fighting for the vacant IBF title if Alexander chooses to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. Hearn believes the International Boxing Federation will strip Alexander of his title if he chooses to fight Mayweather.
However, Hearn thinks the Alexander-Mayweather fight won’t happen because he’s under the impression that Mayweather was just bluffing the other night when he mentioned on his twitter that Alexander is his No.1 choice for his May 4th fight. Hearn thinks that was a move done by Mayweather just to get WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero to sign the contract with him for May 4th.
Hearn said to I Film London “The tweet [from Floyd Mayweather Jr] looked a little staged like it was a set up. I think it was just a play to make [Robert] Guerrero sign a little quicker, which is what I think it is. I spoke to the IBF and studied the rules intensively…Kell Brook is the mandatory challenger, the contract is signed with Devon Alexander. He [Brook] fights for the world title next against Devon Alexander, and if he doesn’t, and Alexander takes another fight, it’s a vacant title. I spoke with Richard Schaefer [Golden Boy Promotions CEO] last night, and I believe they’re trying to pair it with Garcia vs. Judah in New York, potentially in April, but we’re ready. I told Kell in the grand scheme of things…you just have to wait a little while longer to become world champion. Kell Brook will fight for the world title in his next fight. He’s going to knock Alexander the spark out; he’s in great shape.”
I sure can’t see Brook knocking Alexander out. I mean, if Brook couldn’t KO Carson Jones, then how is he going to knockout a better fighter than him? Jones had Brook staggering around the ring in their fight last July in the UK, and there’s still questions about whether Jones would have knocked Brook out if the referee didn’t step in to give Jones a long warning in the last 20 seconds when he was trying to finish off Brook. That move wasted valuable seconds of the clock and might have been enough for Brook to survive.