Alexander-Brook Clash is Likely Heading To Las Vegas
Sheffield's Kell Brook is set to challenge American Devon Alexander for the IBF welterweight title on January 19.
Brook's promoter Eddie Hearn had been hoping to bring the fight to England but Alexander's team - he is promoted by Golden Boy - have insisted on a home bout for their man, with Las Vegas the likely venue.
Brook, who is unbeaten in 29 fights, became the mandatory challenger when he defeated Argentinian Hector Saldivia in Sheffield on 20 October.
Alexander, 25, will be making his first defence of the title after beating fellow American Randall Bailey on points in New York on the same night.
Hearn told ESPN.com: "We made a number of significant offers, well in excess of seven figures, to try and bring the fight to the UK, but Devon had no interest in traveling.
"We were at a 75-25 disadvantage in any potential purse bid and when we received the final offer from Golden Boy, we were all happy.
"If we won a purse bid and Devon vacated, we had all the potential to become a paper champion and that's not what Kell Brook is all about.
"To become great and make a statement, there is no better way than travel to a champion's country and rip the belt from him. Kell has the opportunity to make a huge statement in the 147-pound division."
Kevin Cunningham, Alexander's trainer and manager, said: "There's no reason to have to leave the country to fight a guy who no one in America has ever heard of.
"That was not going to happen. I'm just happy that I have a team and a promoter that was willing to step up and make this thing happen in the States and now we're just going to work to make sure this title stays in the States.
"Devon should be fighting someone with a bigger name than Kell Brook, but since he's the mandatory, we'll defend the title against the mandatory. But I don't see anything special about Kell Brook."
[QUOTE=El Fenomeno;12751770]5,000 in attendance in Vegas or a 15,000+ turnout in the UK. Hmmm.........[/QUOTE] Or 10,000 plus in St. Louis. It goes both ways, if the challenger didn't want to go to the champs home, there is no reason for…Comment by El Fenomeno on 11-29-2012
5,000 in attendance in Vegas or a 15,000+ turnout in the UK. Hmmm.........Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 11-29-2012
[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;12751611]Hearn seems to be making good fights for his fighters. He seems like one of the only UK promoters who wants his fighters to fight the best or top fighters.[/QUOTE] He's the UK version of Shaw lol...Comment by IronDanHamza on 11-29-2012
[QUOTE=Rome-By-Ko;12751596]I hope your right,that could be a fun fight based on styles...[/QUOTE] Hearn seems to be making good fights for his fighters. He seems like one of the only UK promoters who wants his fighters to fight the best or…Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 11-29-2012
[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;12751582]Possibly. Alexander obviously has fought much better fighters. Still, I think Brook is the harder puncher. Just seems to have more pop in his shots. I think Eddie Hearn will happily put Brook in their with Bradley. I just think…Post a Comment/View More User Comments (41)