Kell Brook gives his verdict on a shortlist of possible opponents including Amir Khan
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 12/03/18 3:38pm
After making an impressive comeback, Kell Brook gives his verdict on a shortlist of opponents, and reveals his remaining career ambitions.
The Sheffield man marked his super-welterweight debut with a ruthless second-round stoppage of Sergey Rabchenko last weekend and is already trading heated words on Twitter with potential foes for the future.
A long-awaited grudge fight with Amir Khan remains the main priority for Brook, but he also wants to target the world title holders at 154lbs, and hopes to avenge a past defeat.
We asked Brook to assess a number of possible opponents...
He's exciting and explosive. He's a good all-rounder. He's a bit unknown at the minute, his name is not massive, but the hardcore boxing fans know that Charlo's a real champion.
Hearns If Brooks Wins Within 6 He Might Be An Nominee For 06/09.. I Call The Shots On This One. LionsOnly— JERMELL CHARLO (@TwinCharlo) March 2, 2018
He's not a top dog or a lion, I am. I hear that Errol Spence gives him a bit of a hiding in sparring.
I've not seen too much about him. He's not the best out of the bunch, but he's still a world champion. I would be interested in him. I would be interested in them all, because they have got world titles, but the biggest name is Amir Khan.
He's negative, he's a horrible awkward fighter. He knows how to get a win, but he's horrible, he's not a crowd-pleasing fighter. It would be difficult to sell. I'm in boxing for fights that would sell and be exciting, and he's not really there.
I only know about his win over Miguel Cotto. Sadam Ali pulled it out of the bag. He was good all-round that night.
If Liam Smith wins [expected fight] against Ali, he's got a world title, and we could do a big British showdown between me and Liam. Why not? He'll probably think he can beat me, and you know what I think.
It's top of the list because before I turned professional at 18, we were talking about fighting each other, even in amateur days. He's got no respect for me.
People are congratulating me about my win on Saturday, but after that they say 'when are you fighting Khan?' I really want to crack him.
Errol Spence Jr
Errol Spence, after I won on Saturday, got straight on Twitter and he was mentioning me. He should be in his own train lane, but he's jumped across, because he knew I was handling him, I was beating him.
1)I ain’t your mate— Kell Brook (@SpecialKBrook) March 8, 2018
2) YOU started the talking
3) stop hiding behind the belt, MANUP rather than shout MANDOWN
keep your belt nice and cosy, come see me at 154...I won’t take your belt, just your 0.. then your heart!
The tank was not very good, the eye weren't very good, but now I'm 'Terminator', he can't hurt me, and I've got a serious engine. I've got plenty in the tank now. I would take that fight in a heart beat.
Possible venue for next fight?
If the money made sense, I would fight anyone, anywhere. I fought Gennady Golovkin, nobody would fight him. The fans got me here and I want to provide the best fights for them. Of course I want fights in England, bring them over, and I'm the bigger name. Why couldn't we do that?
I loved that night in Carson [IBF title win over Shawn Porter]. I would go back. When I was younger, America was the big stage for fighters. But Britain now, we've got a lot of champions, we've taken over. Those big Vegas shows or Madison Square Garden are still there. I would still like to tick that off.
Would you take a world title shot before Khan?
If Eddie said: "We've got you a world title fight and it's for real." I think I would change my mind.
Khan's pretty high up, but if Eddie said: "We've got you a world title fight and it's for real." I think I would change my mind.
I want to become a two-time world champion, but it's just because how long me and Amir's took to get close to making this fight. I think it's a lot harder to get him to sign, than for me to box for a world title again.
Is this the start of an exciting new chapter?
I'm loving it, I'm loving the sport. I love being around the other fighters in the gym, sweating, training, letting endorphins off. Just being healthy. The mojo is back, so I've got a long time left in boxing.