Promoter plans tough comeback fight for Kell

Kell Brook on the receiving end of Carson Jones
Kell Brook on the receiving end of Carson Jones

It was the toughest fight of his life - and one that Kell Brook almost messed up.

The unbeaten Sheffielder had conditioning problems going into his duel against American Carson Jones. While Brook’s improved all-round fitness regime has made him stronger few people would have expected him to have to face the durable scrapper again.

Yet the Grenoside fighter’s promoter has been looking for a Summer opponent for Brook, when Brook will have fully recovered from the injury that robbed him of his world title tilt with Devon Alexander. And Jones may get the nod; a year almost to the day since he went 12 gruelling rounds with Brook.

Hearn told I Film London: “We’re trying to make Carson Jones fight for July 13. I think it’s a hell of a fight for Kell to come back in. He has a little bit of unfinished business and I want to shape his tools up. He’s been out since October” - a reference to Brook’s third round KO of Hector Saldivia at Sheffield Arena.

Hearn also noted how Amir Khan struggled against Mexican Julio Diaz at the same venue, recently. Hearn said: “I’m trying to make a Julio Diaz fight for September at Sheffield Arena. He’s a credible opponent for Kell. I believe Kell will smash him and send out a statement and others will realise who the daddy is in the UK in the welterweight division.”