Kell Brook: My next fight is going to be with or without Alexander
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten welterweight Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) was bellyaching something fierce on Steve Bunce’s boxing program earlier today about the possibility that his fight with IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) could go out the window if Alexander decides to take a HUGE money fight against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. next instead of facing him.
Brook sounded like he was really upset during the interview, but apparently his promoter Eddie Hearn did a good job of getting him to relax a little by telling him that Alexander will end up getting stripped of his International Boxing Federation 147 lb. title if he faces Mayweather.
Brook told Bunce at espn.co.uk “My next fight is going to be for a world title with or without Devon Alexander. It’s been a long time coming. I’m 26, in good condition, and mentally in the best possible place in my career, and ready to win the world title. There’s no doubt about it, if he [Mayweather], I will fight whoever is next in the line for the ratings. There’s a chance it will be in Sheffield [In the UK] or wherever, but he would be stripped, there’s no doubt about it if he [Alexander] boxes Mayweather. He could not…we’re contracted to fight each other in our next fight. Devon Alexander’s going to get it when the time comes.”
Brook obviously had been talking with Hearn, who told him that he was going to be able to get a title shot at the IBF belt whether Alexander faced Mayweather or not.
Here’s the deal: If Alexander is stripped, Brook will fight the next available IBF contender, which could possibly be #3 Rafal Jackiewicz, a fighter Brook knocked out in the 6th round two years ago in 2011. The #2 spot is vacant, so we could see Brook fighting Jackiewicz for the IBF crown. You know what that would make Brook, don’t you? He’d be little more than a meaningless paper champion if that’s how he got his title, and I couldn’t see him holding on to it for more than one fight unless Hearn goes really soft like he’d been doing for Brook.