Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Hearn Says Brook May Return on 3/9, Talks Alexander

By John Angus MacDonald

On Monday it was announced that IBF welterweight titlist Devon Alexander hadwithdrawn from his mandatory defence against Kell Brook, scheduled for February 23rd, due to a right bicep injury.  Since then, speculation has been rife that Alexander is in-line to face Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 4th, which Mayweather confirmed through his twitter account on Tuesday night.

Kell Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn spoke to BoxingScene to give his opinion on the news.  “I spoke to [Richard] Schaefer yesterday, he said he was meeting with Devon Alexander and Al Haymon yesterday afternoon and it all went very quiet since,” said Hearn.

“It could just be Floyd trying to gain leverage against [Robert] Guerrero or [Saul] Alvarez, I just don’t know.  We’re in a good position really to be honest with you.  I spoke to Kell this morning, he’s frustrated and wants to know what happened, but we’ve got a signed contract and we’re the mandatory challenger.”

Mayweather had stated that the proposed bout with Alexander would be a unification bout, but if the fight does go ahead Hearn is determined to do everything in his power to ensure Alexander’s IBF strap won’t be on the line.

“They can ask for and exemption from the IBF and some people are saying that it’s similar to the Adonis Stevenson thing, it’s nothing like the Adonis Stevenson thing!” he said.  “We never signed a contract with Adonis Stevenson [to face Carl Froch].  We’ve got a signed contract to face Devon Alexander, the IBF have got those contracts, it would be virtually impossible for them to get an exemption, especially since we’ve got a good relationship with the IBF.

“I’m not saying Golden Boy aren’t powerful because of course they are, but even if they [the IBF] were to grant an exemption what they would do is, which they even did with us with Carl Froch, is to insist that the fight takes places within 90 days of their last bout, which was October the 20th [when Alexander out-pointed Randal Bailey].  So you’re looking at the end of March/April, which just isn’t going to happen”

EDITOR'S NOTE: IBF has already rejected the idea of approving an Alexander-Mayweather unification. 

Hearn, ever the optimist, is looking at the positives.  He said: “We’re in a good position, everyone is talking about Floyd Mayweather and Kell Brook in the same sentence.  I’m going to speak to [Richard] Schaefer and I might even look to get Kell out on our Wembley card on March 9th, even if it’s in a ten rounder or something, because he needs to fight.  He’s had this long camp and he has a lot of aggression he needs to get out of him”

Hearn was also keen to stress that this situation could have a detrimental effect on Golden Boy’s planned expansion into the British market. 

“They are under a little bit of pressure because they want to start promoting in the UK and they can’t really be seen to be stitching up a UK fighter.  Whether they give a sh*t about that or not, they should because it could work out adversely for them, but we’ll see.”

Finally Hearn discussed what he sees as the only possible outcomes of the situation. 

“Again, we’re in a nice position, really,” he stated.  “Three things could happen, one: they try and pay us off, which we’re not really interested in.  Two: they try and stitch us completely and go for the exemption which will be really difficult and we’ll really, really fight it or three: they give up the belt and we’re fine with that, we’ll just fight the next available challenger for the vacant title.”

Twitter: @jamacd2011

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by S. Saddler 1310 on 02-06-2013

[QUOTE=southpaw_07;13002188]but wait, if the belt is on the line, then Brook can fight the winner of Floyd vs Alexander? That will be an even bigger fight for Brook..I dont know..just speculation[/QUOTE] the IBF have effectively said they would strip Devon…

Comment by S. Saddler 1310 on 02-06-2013

assuming the Mayweather business is just a hooplah generated by Mayweather for publicity or negotiation-table leverage, when will Alexander be ready to fight Kell? if it's not until May or June time, maybe Kell should take a keep-busy. i highly…

Comment by josenoway on 02-06-2013

Floyd would just vacate, Brook is not getting a Floyd fight, not in this lifetime. [QUOTE=southpaw_07;13002188]but wait, if the belt is on the line, then Brook can fight the winner of Floyd vs Alexander? That will be an even bigger…

Comment by southpaw_07 on 02-06-2013

but wait, if the belt is on the line, then Brook can fight the winner of Floyd vs Alexander? That will be an even bigger fight for Brook..I dont know..just speculation

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 02-06-2013

Brook needs to fight. He can't afford to be sitting around like that. Sucks that we won't get to watch him on TV here in the US but it is what it is. Hope he comes to fight in the…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Photos: Tyron Zeuge With Bad Cut, Gets Technical Decision Win Crolla Admits Gallagher Nearly Pulled Him Out Before Twelfth Charlo vs. Heiland WBC Eliminator For Mandatory Golovkin Shot Saunders Smiles: Let Everyone Doubt Me, I Can Beat Golovkin! Jhonny Gonzalez Crushes Francisco Contreras in Three Rounds Emmanuel Rodriguez Destroys Robinson Lavinanza in One Daud Yordan's Promoter Hopes To Get Him Title Shot Next Linares: I Want Mikey Garcia, Lomachenko - I Can Beat Both! Mike Tyson on Mind Games, Breaking an Opponent's Spirit Nico Hernandez Makes His Pro Debut in Style Jorge Paez Jr. Blasts Out Daniel Sandoval in Furious Fashion Abduqaxorov Blitzes Manyuchi, Captures WBC Silver at 147 Saunders To Golovkin: Do You Want To Fight? Put Up or Shut Up! Juho Haapoja decisions Leonardo Bruzzese to win EU title Mikey Garcia Wants Summer Unification Fight Against Linares Tyron Zeuge Suffers Bad Cut, Gets Technical Decision Over Ekpo Lawrence Okolie Blows Out Debut Opponent In 20 Seconds Jorge Linares Drops, Dominates Anthony Crolla To Repeat Jack Arnfield Beats Brian Rose In Battle Of Blackpool Linares vs. Crolla Rematch - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Katie Taylor Beats Koleva, Welborn Shocks Marcus Morrison Kovalev's Trainer Has Doubts That Ward Wants The Rematch Martin Ward Defeats Maxi Hughes, Retains British, WBC Regional Crolla: I Need To Drag Linares Into a Fight, Rough Him Up Hunter: I Told Amir Khan That Fighting Canelo Was Stupid, Crazy Investigation is Under Way After 17-Year-old Amateur Dies Jorge Linares 'Feels at Home' Fighting Crolla in The UK Crolla: I'll Prove A Lot of People Wrong in Linares Rematch Jorge Linares' Trainer Details Preparation For Crolla Rematch Jorge Linares-Anthony Crolla II: Pre-Fight Report Card Chavez: After I Win, If No Canelo Rematch Then I'll Face Golovkin Jacobs' Manager Questions Scoring of Golovkin-Jacobs Fight! David Haye Called In By BBBofC, Must Explain Bellew Threats Frank Warren Jabs Hearn: Talks Golovkin-Saunders, Crolla-Linares Eddie Hearn Passed On Michael Conlan Signing Loeffler: Too Much Money For Canelo-Golovkin Not To Happen Joshua, Bellew Are Backing Crolla To Get Revenge on Linares HBO's Kellerman Breaks Down Mayweather-McGregor Situation Martin Gethin Aims To Expose Experience Gaps in Jack Catterall Is GGG Losing Spunk or Was Jacobs as Crafty as He Appeared?
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement