icon Updated at 04:21 AM EDT, Sun May 31, 2015

Kell Brook-Brandon Rios on Track For 8/29, Says Hearn

By Carlos Boogs

According to promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sports, Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 24KOs) is still the frontrunner to face IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (35-0, 24KOs) on August 29th. 

Hearn has been talking with Rios' promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank and there is serious interest in the fight. Hearn also spoke with Rios' trainer, Robert Garcia, who was in London working Evgeny Gradovich's corner for the fight with Lee Selby on Saturday night at the O2 Arena.

Brook has seen action twice in 2015. He demolished mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan in four rounds in March and then came back on Saturday to breeze through Frankie Gavin in six.

Brook has been out of the ring since January, when he destroyed Mike Alvarado in the third round of their trilogy fight.

“August 29th is the date we’re targeting. I'd love it in Bramall Lane. I've spoken to Sheffield United as well. Rios is still my preferred choice. He’s the perfect fight style-wise, name-wise and entertainment-wise. Top Rank and Bob Arum seem to want the fight. We had a bit of banter with Robert Garcia yesterday," Hearn said.