Will Hearn be able to lure Maidana, Malignaggi or Mosley to the UK to fight Kell Brook?
By William Mackay: Eddie Hearn, the promoter for unbeaten Kell Brook, doesn’t appear ready to put Brook against a dangerous opponent yet despite his talk of wanting to match him tough in his next fight. In an interview with Sky Sports, Hearn revealed his plans for Brook’s next fight in the summer by saying he wants to get one of the following fighters over to the UK to fight Brook: Marcos Maidana, Paulie Malignaggi and Shane Mosley.
What Hearn is saying is they’re looking for pretty much another easy mark for Brook to beat so that he’s got a recognizable name on his resume. The problem here is Maidana ISN’T a welterweight and that was shown in his recent one-sided 10 round loss to Devon Alexander. Malignaggi is a welterweight, but he’s been taking it easy fighting 2nd tier opposition ever since he got beaten by Amir Khan in 2010. Malignaggi now is fighting for a title against WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko in April.
Shane Mosley is considered a shot fighter by a lot of boxing fans and it’s pretty sad that Hearn wants to get him over to the UK to serve as a stepping stone for Brook. A prime Mosley would have likely made a fighter like Brook look silly. Mosley was so much better than Brook on many levels. There’s no comparison. Mosley has a fight on May 5th against Saul Alvarez, who is using Mosley for the same reason that Brook would be using him. However, Alvarez is a much bigger name on the world stage compared to Brook. so it was an easy choice for Mosley to agree to fight Alvarez for a payday on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto card.
I don’t figure that Hearn will have any luck whatsoever in getting any of the fighters over to the UK that he wants to. Maidana won’t do it now that he was recently beaten by Alexander because he can’t afford another loss right now. Malignaggi doesn’t like the idea of fighting in another opponent’s home country, and he’ll definitely not agree to fight Brook in the UK. And Mosley probably won’t do it because he has better options by staying and fighting guys in the U.S rather than coming to the UK to fight the house fighter Brook.
Hearn is going to have to lower his sights by going after some of the lower hanging fruit in the top 15, because the names he wants are going to say no to him. That’s how I see it. If Hearn really believed in Brook he’d have him fight Thomas Dulorme or Devon Alexander and take his chances that he’s good as he thinks he is.
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