Kell Brook: give me a big name opponent!
Kell Brook will be demanding some rapid developments once he has dispensed with world title challenger Kevin Bizier on March 26.
Sheffield’s IBF champion is in no mood for another ‘moderate’ opponent after his previous easy stoppages over Jo Jo Dan and Frankie Gavin.
“After Bizier I expect something concrete quite quickly, ideally I’d like to know who it is or that we are close to making an offer, when I am sat on the apron immediately after Bizier2 he says.
“It has been a long road but I am excited to get rid of the mandatory and things should open up for me.
“We will start pressing and pushing until we get the people, we want, like (Danny) Garcia, (Timothy) Bradley or (Manny) Pacquiao. I would certainly be willing to travel to the US for Garcia, (current WBC welterweight champion) that’s a great fight.
“I would have been excited to fight the winner of Keith Thurman v Shawn Porter - I was intrigued to see how that went and it was disappointing to hear it was postponed (Thurman was in a car crash, last month), it does reduce my options for the time being.
“I have had some bad luck but if I get no injuries and there are no sticking points I know we can get those big fights.”
Other potential names for Brook’s diary could include Jessie Vargas who won the WBO Welterweight title in Washington on Saturday with a ninth round TKO victory over Sadam Al.
The South Yorkshireman has repeatedly said that he’d like to be in the business of unifying the division.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Luke Campbell and Gary Sykes will compete for a belt when they meet on Brook’s undercard.
The vacant Commonwealth crown will be up for grabs.
Hull-born Campbell (12-1, 10 KOs) is looking to come back from his first loss as he takes on the Dewsbury fighter (28-4, 6 KOs) as the chief support at Sheffield Arena.
* Brook has donated a signed boxing glove to a charity event to be staged at The Akademy Gym in Dronfield on Saturday, from 7pm.
Women at the gym are hosting a ‘Younique’ make-up party, raising cash for Sheffield woman Vanessa Boyd, 28, who is being treated in America for Lyme Disease, a tick-borne illness which can be fatal.
Former world champion Clinton Woods has also offered a prize in the raffle.
* Sheffield’s Lee Connelly suffered his 18th loss in 23 fights, to Coventry’s Jordan Cooke last weekend.