Blogs & Opinion


Two for the money

Kell Brook remains next up for Alexander, despite Floyd's claims

Features Posted 12th February 2013 view comments

British welterweight Kell Brook recently received the disappointing news that his chance of winning a world title has put on hold yet again - Devon Alexander delaying their fight due to an injury.

This is the second time this bout has been put back. Nevertheless, Brook remains the mandatory challenger for Alexander's IBF welterweight belt so he will get his shot at the belt.

On February 5, Floyd Mayweather Jr tweeted: "The negotiations for my fight are almost done. The front runner is IBF champion Devon Alexander. It'd be a unification bout at welterweight."

IBF welterweight king Devon Alexander is at the centre of uncertainty

IBF welterweight king Devon Alexander is at the centre of uncertainty

Robert Guerrero had been the name previously mentioned as Mayweather's next opponent, so maybe throwing Alexander's name out there is just a ploy to get Guerrero to sign a contract.

If Alexander did fight Mayweather, the IBF would have to strip him of his belt unless they got permission from Brook and paid him to step aside.

Guerrero had been offered $2.5m to fight Mayweather but apparently wanted $4m so maybe Alexander's name was brought in to let Guerrero know that they will go in a different direction if he didn't accept the $2.5m, which is a lot of money.

Guerrero is a good fighter and this could be his biggest purse to date so why not just take it? We all know how much money Mayweather can generate through his drawing power, and Guerrero should look at the big payday he was offered rather than the money he thinks he should get.

January 11 was the original date for Brook v Alexander but Brook had to pull out because he hurt his ankle. Then, prior to the rescheduled February 23 fight, Alexander hurt his bicep in training. So both guys had been injured. It could just be unfortunate that the fight has been called off twice and maybe eventually it will go ahead.

All this being said, Brook deserves to get to fight for the vacant belt if Alexander fights Mayweather and the IBF decide to strip him.

Maybe Amir Khan v Brook could be made for the IBF title. Mysteriously, Khan is now ranked in the number two spot by the WBC even though he has never fought at welterweight.

This would be a great British match up as well as a big draw.

back to top

Other Experts:

Latest Posts in :

Alex Ferguson

Start your engines!

Alex Ferguson predicts who will triumph in NASCAR's showpiece race, the Daytona 500....

comments

Paul Merson

Merson's predictions

Paul Merson tips Sunday wins for Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool - but not Arsenal or Tottenham....

Phil Thompson

Ultimate #One2Eleven

Find out who did – and who didn't – make the Soccer Saturday experts' best-ever Premier League XI....

Ed Chamberlin

Van the man?

Ed Chamberlin explains why Tejay van Garderen is capable of plucking the Tour de France's Yellow Jersey....

comments

Phil Clarke

It's Grand Final time!

Phil Clarke looks at previous finals between rivals Wigan and St Helens, but who does he think will win?...

comments

Richard Boxall

Boxy's Review of 2014

Richard Boxall looks back on another fine year for the European Tour and a couple of stand-out stars....

Jamie Moore

Boxing backs Crolla

Jamie Moore says boxing will do all it can to get Anthony Crolla back in the ring following his injuries....

Rod Harrington

Reyes will inspire Spain

The performance of Cristo Reyes will inspire a new generation of players from Iberia, says Rod Harrington....

Rod Harrington

Peter is Wright stuff

Sky Sports pundit Rod Harrington says Peter Wright is a class act who can go all the way again....

Neal Foulds

Selby steel

New world champion Mark Selby's the master of match play, says Neal Foulds - but what's next for Ronnie?...

comments

Neal Foulds

Trump tip

Ronnie O'Sullivan is favourite for the Worlds - but Judd Trump could spring a shock, says Neal Foulds....

comments

Neal Foulds

Night at the Circus

Neal Foulds is looking forward to another fun, raucous Snooker Shoot-Out - but can't pick a winner....

comments

Kelvin Tatum

'Poole inspirational'

Kelvin Tatum reflects on the 'most exciting' season he can remember - and Poole Pirates' heroics......

comments

Kelvin Tatum

Back on track

Lakeside can make it two wins over Belle Vue Aces in four days, says Kelvin Tatum, but it'll be close!...

comments

Kelvin Tatum

Hit the road

Swindon are struggling this season but will fancy their chances at Birmingham, says Kelvin Tatum....

comments