Kell Brook in limbo as Alexander fight talks continue

Kell Brook against Hector Saldivia
Kell Brook against Hector Saldivia

Kell Brook’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, is set to fly to America this week for showdown talks with Golden Boy Promotions as the saga surrounding Brook’s fight with Devon Alexander rumbles on.

Brook was scheduled to fight Alexander next Saturday in Detroit, for the IBF welterweight title.

The Sheffield man’s hopes were dashed, however, when Alexander pulled out of the fight with a bicep injury.

Then, just days later, WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather revealed that talks were underway to schedule a unification bout against Alexander in May.

For that fight to go ahead, Alexander would have to receive special dispensation from the IBF - and no request has been made.

In the meantime, Brook has broken off from the remainder of his 13-week training camp in Spain - and must now wait until the outcome of Hearn’s negotiations with Golden Boy representatives before planning his next move.

“It’s just a case of waiting to find out what happens,” Brook told the Telegraph.

“Eddie goes to America this week, so I might find out soon. I’ve got to try and stay positive about it all, but the truth is that I have never been as frustrated or as down as I am right now.

“I’ve been away from my family over the entire Christmas period, and I haven’t seen my little girl - I’ve missed little things like her first teeth coming through, as I was away at my training camp.

“It is hard - the only positive I’m taking from it all is that it’s her birthday next week and instead of being at camp, I’ll be here for that.

“I’m trying to look at the positives, and my next fight will be for a world title.

“But I am devastated about it all. I was so far in to my training camp, and I was two weeks away from the fight of my life.

“Now it’s all come to an end.”

He hasn’t, however, given up hope of facing 25-year-old Alexander.

“I want Devon Alexander, and if I get him then I’m going to explode in America,” Brook said.

“I’m going to do what no-one has ever done to Devon Alexander, and that’s take him out.”

“But whoever does get in that ring with me, I feel sorry for them."

Kell Brook was speaking on behalf of Sky Sports Living for Sport, a free secondary schools initiative that uses sport stars and sport skills to improve the lives of thousands of young people across the UK. See