Can there be anymore excuses for Kell Brook?
By Hector Franco
Last month it was announced that Amir Khan would be moving up in weight to face WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. It was an announcement that shocked the boxing world. Some people think it’s an interesting match up. Others believe that it is a mismatch of the highest order. Regardless of where you fall it was certainly a surprise to the boxing public when it was announced. The bout being announced left one man in the background.
IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook has been anticipating a bout with Amir Khan for years. This year it seemed that negotiations were ongoing, however, Khan had his own plans in mind. Once Khan-Canelo was announced Brook no longer had his big all British super fight. Khan can always come back down to the welterweight division to face Brook in the future. There is the chance that a stoppage loss against Canelo could cause physical damage to Khan leaving him unable to return to prior form. Brook will now have to pursue other options.
Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn seems to have a good working relationship with Al Haymon. This leaves the door open for match ups with many of the other welterweights in the division. Brook may have to give in to concessions as many of these fighters may not be willing to travel to the UK to face Brook. Matchups with the Thurman-Porter winner and Danny Garcia should be at the top of the list for Brook. Khan wanted to go for the biggest payday when he attempted to get fights with Mayweather and Pacquiao. Brook can choose to unify the entire division and prove that he is the best welterweight.
Brook also has the option of facing fighters like Timothy Bradley and the newly crowned WBO welterweight champion, Jessie Vargas. A bout with Jessie Vargas would be a unification bout in the division. In a nutshell Brook has many options still at welterweight. The only issue that Brook may have is his ability to keep on making the welterweight limit. It’s been reported that Brook is a big welterweight who will eventually move up in weight.
At the 154 pound limit, Brook will be able to have another all-British showdown against current WBO champion Liam Smith. There’s even been a rumor of a possible bout with Miguel Cotto at 154 in the future. For Brook focusing on putting in the work for a big showdown in the future is what’s important. Brook will have to take the long road to get the big paydays. Eddie Hearn told the media that after the Khan-Canelo bout was announced that Brook asked for a bout with Gennady Golovkin. A Golovkin-Brook bout at this point may be considered a mismatch. If both fighters cannot get a big fight this year it’s something that fan’s may welcome. In this era, boxing fans are used to fighters attempting to take the shortest road to fame and glory. Brook has to be willing to face the other welterweights at all costs to eventually get the fame and glory he is looking for.
This leads us to this Saturday night. Kell Brook steps back in the ring against Kevin Bizier. This bout for Brook is another IBF mandatory title defense. Bizier is a huge underdog and is seen as Brook’s third fight in a row that would be considered a mismatch. Even after Brook’s “machete gate” that took place in December 2014, fans who could understand Brook taking a soft touch as a comeback, have grown tired of Brooks lack of competition. If Brook gets past Bizier this weekend there can be no more excuses to not make a fight with a solid opponent. After facing Jo Jo Dan, Frankie Gavin and now Kevin Bizier its time Brook stepped up his competition. There can be no more excuses for Kell Brook.