By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
KELL BROOK is ready for the biggest gamble of his career when he finally challenges IBF world welterweight champion Devon Alexander.
The bout, originally scheduled for January 19 in the US, has now been delayed to March 2 because of the Sheffield fighter’s ankle injury.
And his promoter Eddie Hearn did not mince words over the challenge that his man faces, saying: “It’s time for him to take a punt – and what a big punt.
“Kell wants to make a statement. He’s served his apprenticeship. He’s filled arenas in Sheffield, got to the mandatory position and now he has that title chance.
“Alexander is a great fighter and, if you beat him, you set yourself up as a superstar and for some mega fights – that’s why we’re taking it.”
And the man in their sights is Amir Khan.
He is bidding to climb back up the ladder from two defeats when he meets Carlos Molina in Los Angeles in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
But Hearn insists that his camp will be holding all of the bargaining cards against the former two-time world champion from Bolton.
He said: “The fight could happen next summer and it would be a huge one because it’s the big domestic tussle that everyone wants to see.
“Kell wants to fight Amir Khan so badly. I saw Amir come out and say, ‘If Kell wins a title I’ll fight him’.
“But it’s not his decision. If we win the title, we’ll decide and dictate on our terms. Khan and Kell are great fighters, it’s one the British public want to see and it has to happen.”
Now, though, Brook’s thoughts are purely on his coming fight with Alexander, in which he wants to extend his perfect 29-0 record.
Brook won the title eliminator by seeing off Argentine Hector Saldivia in three rounds in October and now looks world-class material.
The delay in his fight with Alexander is the result of an injury picked up during a training run.
Hearn said: “This will eradicate the risk and ensure Kell will be 100% for the biggest fight of his life. He could have gone ahead and been about 60 per cent fit.
“But that would not have been good enough against Alexander.”