By Edward Chaykovsky
According to promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, he had a very positive meeting with Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, regarding a fall unification between IBF champion Kell Brook (34-0, 25KOs) and WBO champion Timothy Bradley (32-1-1, 12KOs).
Hearn is looking to stage the fight in late October in Brook's hometown of Sheffield. He is also going to continue discussions with the promoters of the current frontrunner Diego Chaves, and there will also be talks regarding Ruslan Provdonikov.
Bradley, who went to a draw with Chaves last December, came back earlier this year to capture the vacant WBO title with a decision win over previously unbeaten Jessie Vargas. Bradley lost the WBO title last year to Manny Pacquiao, who then dropped the belt to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May. Mayweather was stripped of the belt for failing to pay the sanctioning fee among other reasons.
Brook has made two dominating defenses this year, with easy knockout wins over Frankie Gavin and mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan.
Hearn told Sportsmail: "Kell wants to fight Bradley. I had a good meeting with Bob Arum. There are plenty of names available but we would like to fight Bradley. Of course we would like to fight Amir Khan, but outside of that fight, this is the best one for us. Style-wise it would be an absolute belter."
"I am still hopeful that fight fans will see Khan and Brook fight each other next year but for now, with Khan wanting to fight Manny Pacquiao, Bradley looks like it would be a top fight for Kell."