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Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence is Targeted For May in The UK

By Edward Chaykovsky

If Amir Khan intends to reach an agreement with his domestic rival Kell Brook - he will need to do so in a hurry, because time is running out.

Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) was mandated long ago to make a mandatory defense of his IBF welterweight title against undefeated Errol Spence.

The sanctioning body allowed him to move up to the middleweight division last September, when he challenged WBA, WBC, IBF, IBO world champion Gennady Golovkin. Brook was stopped in five rounds and suffered a fractured orbital bone. 

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Brook had to undergo surgery and was allowed several weeks from the IBF to fully recover. He finally got back into training and wants to return to action before the first half of this year.  

Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) has also been out of the ring with injury, since getting knocked out last May by Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Khan underwent surgery to correct a lingering issue with his right hand.

Brook wants to fight him as soon as possible, but Khan wants to take an interim-fight in April.

Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, who promote Brook, has received an additional extension from the IBF to begin negotiations with Spence.  

At the moment, Spence is looking more and more likely as Brook's next opponent.

"Kell is back in training, but he's not able to spar yet, so we've requested a further four weeks from the IBF for negotiations [with Spence]," Brook's promoter, Eddie Hearn told scribe Nick Parkinson.

"We're speaking to Khan. It could be Khan, if he wants it, but we can't promise that will happen. He wants a warm-up fight, and we want to go straight into it. Our priority is to listen to the IBF on who we have to fight, and they are telling us that will be Spence. I don't want to annoy the IBF about it. In 28 days we will start negotiations. It [Brook's next fight] will happen in May, and in the UK I expect. We've got 75 percent of the purse bid to play with, so I can't see us losing that."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Preston/Mac/spi on 01-15-2017

brook was never going to fight Spence , obvious as **** , the man has no ambition

Comment by tokon on 01-15-2017

[QUOTE=Kigali;17345979]I don't think Brook vs Khan is as big a fight as you thing. No drama or intrigue...the outcomes is clear. That's not the case with Spence.[/QUOTE] I must not have been clear enough in what I was trying to…

Comment by JWHardin on 01-14-2017

Spence is about 3 years younger. Not a factor. As far as what has Spence done? Everything he has been able to. He has a common opponent with Khan and Pacquiao, and KO'd him in 5 rounds. Pac won by…

Comment by deathofaclown on 01-13-2017

From Eddie Hearn's most recent comments, Brook is refusing to vacate and has no problem fighting Spence but Hearn see's it as bad business move because Brook kills himself to make 147 and the financial rewards for fighting a dangerous…

Comment by HughJass on 01-13-2017

[QUOTE=yammy25;17348733]Sat in the pub.. spat out my drink in appreciation of the childish humour of the last 3 words[/QUOTE] It's a beautiful feeling.Enjoy the drink!

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