Kell Brook 'would love' to face Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez
By Isaac Robinson
Last Updated: 19/09/16 4:52pm
Kell Brook is enthusiastic over the possibility of challenging world champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez at super-welterweight when he returns from injury.
Brook remains a world champion at welterweight but, having been stopped in the fifth round by WBA Super, WBC and IBF world middleweight king Gennady Golovkin on September 10, seems destined for the 154lb division.
Brook, who is recovering from a broken eye socket sustained in the clash with the Kazakh, told Sky Sports News HQ: "I think 154lbs would be more my weight class.
"I need to get back training and see if I could make 147lbs healthily - that's also a possibility because I'm a world champion at 147lbs.
"I'd love that fight with Canelo. I just want to be in those big fights. I had a taste with the Golovkin fight and the attention around it is exciting for a fighter to be in.
"I've got an operation this Friday. I went down to see the surgeons and they wanted to plan it right and look into everything.
"They're looking to put a titanium plate in the eye but they're looking at other materials. They're not rushing it but it looks like this Friday. I'm more scared of getting put to sleep than I was of getting in with Golovkin!
"They said it'd be a good few months before I can start sparring again. It's a break so you're looking at six to eight weeks before sparring. I only start sparring when I'm four weeks away from a fight anyway.
"I'm going to make sure I listen to them, take things slowly and don't go faster than I should."
I think it would have been a completely different fight if my eye hadn't have gone.
Brook on Golovkin defeat
Alvarez was in imperious form at the weekend, knocking Liam Smith down three times on his way to a ninth-round stoppage that earned him the WBO world title.
On September 10, Brook was ahead of Golovkin on the scorecards when his trainer Dominic Ingle threw in the towel and remains adamant that the result would have been very different but for the eye problem.
'The Special One' added: "I told him [Dominic] in round two that my eye was broken and that I couldn't see so he was aware of what was going on in the fight.
"He's seen that I couldn't see the shots and that I was trying to refocus my eye. That's when he waved it off. I did want to fight on because I'm a fighter but in the long run, the doctor said if I'd have taken more shots I could have been blinded.
"We live to fight another day and it was definitely the right choice because I couldn't see in the fight.
"If my eye hadn't have gone and I'd have been able to see him, I think I weathered the storm - the most intense part. I think he was starting to tire. I could see after every round he started to breathe heavily.
"I was in the fight, up on the scorecards and it was my time to take the shot from him and coming back were mine. I think it would have been a completely different fight if my eye hadn't have gone. I'm gutted because I could've shocked the world that night."
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