Kell Brook comments on Sky and Hearn not showing Crawford fight
By Chris Williams: Kell Brook is upset that Sky Sports and his old promoter Eddie Hearn chose not to pick up his November 14th fight against WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford.
Brook (39-2, 27 KOs) points out that Hearn and Sky Sports show non-title fights involving Dereck Chisora vs. Oleksandr Usyk and Dillian Whyte vs. Alexander Povetkin on pay-per-view. Yet, they won’t be showing him facing WBO 147-lb champion Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs) on November 14th.
Kell, 34, says he bailed Hearn out in 2016 when he stepped up and took the fight against middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin. Brook says always been with Sky, and he was hoping that they would show his fight with Crawford.
They won’t be, unfortunately, and it’s expected to be shown instead on FITE TV in the UK.
Brook not worried about being the underdog
“Why not? I’m an elite fighter. Look at [Teofimo] Lopez. Everyone wrote him off, and he upset the odds and beat the pound-for-pound #1 in Loma,” Kell Brook said to IFL TV when asked why he thinks he’ll beat Crawford.
“I’m going to do the same. During the lockdown, all I’ve wanted to do is train. My weight hasn’t been blowing up as it used to in my early years. This is probably the easiest I’ve made welterweight.
“I’m not worried about making 147. A big factor in the early years was the IBF. Their 10-pound rehydration clause. But with the WBO, I weigh-in at 147, and there’s no check-weight in the morning. The weight can be whatever it wants to be in the morning. So that’s off my mind.
“I’m self-motivated, and that’s the main thing. I see people writing me off, and that’s bringing the very best out of me. I’ve been training for four months hard, and I’ve done everything that was asked of me,” said Brook.
Kell is the underdog against Crawford, but he’s motivated to show his doubters that they were wrong to pick against him.
Brook is ready to rip Crawford’s WBO 147-lb title away from him to become a two-time welterweight champion on November 14th.
Kell talks Hearn and Sky
“All he [Eddie Hearn] had to do was get on the phone and call Uncle Bob [Arum], but he was more interested in earning 2-bob,” said Brook when asked his thoughts about Sky Sports not picking up his fight with Crawford to show in the UK.
“He was more interested in signing books. That’s what’s happening with Eddie Hearn. I got him out of jail with the Golovkin fight with the pay-per-view slot. I saved the day again.
I’ve always been a Sky Sports fighter. And I’ve been in with Porter and Spence, Golovkin. I’ve had some amazing nights with Sky Sports. I want to give back to the fans that subscribe to Sky Sports, my fans to see me fight against the pound-for-pound king Crawford.
“To take that title from him. Eddie is having these pay-per-view fights with not even a title on the line. Chisora-Usyk, Whyte-Povetkin, those are great fights. But Brook-Crawford, come on, man.
“We’re more than entitled to have that fight there for the fans. The fact is, it’s going to be on TV. I would have loved for it to be on Sky, but there you do,” said Brook.
It will be exciting to see what the reaction will be from Hearn and Sky Sports if Brook can defeat Crawford. Will Brook be given the red carpet treatment by Sky Sports and Hearn, or will his future fights be passed over by them?
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