By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is looking to have welterweight Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) go over some old ground by facing Carson Jones (35-9-3, 25 KO’s) in a rematch on July 13th, and then match Brook against Julio Diaz in September in another baffling match-up.
Hearn said to I Flim London “We’re trying to make Carson Jones fight for July the 13th. I think it’s a hell of a fight for Kell to come back in. He has a little bit of unfinished business and I want to shape his tools up. He’s been out since October. I’m trying to make the Julio Diaz fight for September at the Sheffield Arena. I believe he’s a credible opponent for Kell Brook.
At the end of the day I believe Kell will smash him and send out a statement and others will realize who the daddy is in the UK in the welterweight division [or] maybe the winner of the Mosley-Cano. We want to make a statement fight.”
Well, if Hearn and Brook are looking for a statement fight, I don’t think Diaz and Carson Jones are the type of guys that he should be looking to fight. After all, Amir Khan was only matched against Julio Diaz because he was considered a fairly safe 2nd tier opponent for Khan to fight. He was like a slight step up from lightweight Carlos Molina, and yet Khan ended up struggling to beat Diaz and winning a controversial decision.
That’s more of indication of where Khan is right now with his career than it is about Diaz being a good fighter. If you throw Diaz in with a good light welterweight like Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson, he’s going to get soundly beaten, but with Khan, he barely beat him and a lot of boxing fans had Khan losing.
I think Carson Jones and Diaz are perfect for Brook because we already saw Brook’s level exposed when he fought Carson Jones last year in July in a fight where Brook took a real thrashing in the last six rounds of the fight, and ended up out on his feet in the 12th round. I think Brook would have been knocked out had the referee not stopped the action to give Jones a warning for something. The warning seemed to take forever and Brook was out on his feet at the time.