Eddie Hearn, promoter for Kell Brook, says a fight with WBA, IBF, IBO junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd is possible for the very near future - if Amir Khan takes a pass on facing Brook.
Last Saturday night in Sheffield, Brook won a tougher than expected twelve round unanimous decision over Michael Zerafa. The fight was billed as a WBA "final eliminator."
It's still not clear how Brook would side-step others as the mandatory to Hurd. Brian Castano is the WBA's "regular" champion at 154, and Michel Soro holds the WBA's interim-title at the weight. Castano is scheduled to face Erislandy Lara, but Soro is a free man after picking up a win over the weekend.
Hearn is trying to hard to make a fight between Brook and Amir Khan - but the Bolton boxer make head in another direction by accepting a guarantee of $5 million for a fight with WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford in March.
"Kell has got the opportunity to fight Jarrett Hurd. He will be the mandatory. That could be the next fight for Hurd, or the one after," promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports.
"Amir has a decision to make - does he want to fight Brook or Crawford? Kell did not look at his best so Khan may now fancy that fight."
Of course Brook has been mentioning the possibility of heading back down to welterweight - for fights with Shawn Porter, Errol Spene and Danny Garcia. Once Khan takes a pass, then Brook will have to figure out if he wants to remain at 154 for Hurd or chase some of the big names at 147.
"Kell has got to decide, if he doesn't get Khan, does he move back to 147lbs and fight the likes of Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia or Jessie Vargas? In the next week, Amir will make up his mind. Then we'll know where we are going," Hearn said.