Brook will have a tough time holding onto his IBF title for more than one defense
By Scott Gilfoid: On Friday, IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) will be meeting with his fans at the Winter Garden in Sheffield. It’s going to be a lot of fans celebrating Brook’s win over IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter last Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
This little celebrating for Brook could very well be his 15 minutes of fame before he loses his strap within 2 fights time. I believe that Brook’s chances of winning his next fight on December 6th are very good, especially with the names that his promoter Eddie Hearn is talking about putting in the ring with him.
Hearn likes Brandon Rios, Andre Berto, Josesito Lopez and Robert Guerrero. Since I don’t see Rios or Guerrero taking the fight, we’re probably talking about Brook fighting Berto or Lopez on December 6th. I’m fairly confident that Brook can beat both of those guys even without holding them constantly. But where Brook’s problems start for him is in his second title defense next year.
Hearn is talking about putting Brook in with Amir Khan or Floyd Mayweather Jr, whichever one he can get. I don’t see Brook being able to beat either of those guys. I’m not very high on Amir Khan, mind you, but he does seem to do everything that Brook can at a much higher level. Khan holds better, he’s faster, and he moves much better, he’s got a better jab and better power. To me, Khan
At this point I’m not even sure that Hearn can even make a fight between Brook and Khan, so Brook might be able to hold onto his strap more than 1 title defense. Hearn is sounding like the negotiations for a Brook-Khan fight could be difficult.
“I think this fight can be made, but people have to put arrogance and ego to one side,” Hearn said to the Dailymail.co.uk. “Before, when we offered Khan £3m to fight, he didn’t fancy it. Kell had a reasonable name and no title. He has a huge name and a world title now.”
It looks to me like Hearn is dropping a sledgehammer of a hint that they’re going to look to get either the larger slice purse or at least a 50-50 purse split.
Will Khan, a fighter that has many more big fights under his belt than Brook, go for taking less money or even a 50-50 split? If he says yes, he would likely doing it knowing that it would be a one-time thing, because after he beats Brook, then there would no longer be any situations where he would have to take less against him if he were to fight him a second time. The problem is if this is the only time they fight, then Brook will have made out really well for himself in getting the bigger cut of the revenue or even a 50-50 deal.
If Brook faces Mayweather next year, then that will be an even tougher fight for Brook to try and hold onto his IBF strap. I can’t see Brook winning 1 round against Mayweather. He’s too good and Brook holds too much and is slow and robotic.