Double world champion Floyd Mayweather has pushed out IBF mandatory challenger Kell Brook after announcing that is in talks to finalise a welterweight unification with Devon Alexander just two days after the IBF title holder pulled out of a fight with the Briton citing injury.
Brook, 26, was just over two weeks away from fulfilling his dream of fighting for a world title when Alexander injured his bicep in training, which then led to Golden Boy stating that the fight would be rescheduled as soon as possible.
This morning though, WBC 147lb champion Mayweather told of his apparent negotiations with Alexander for a unification fight on May 4 in Las Vegas, which has now led to widespread confusion – especially from UK shores and Brook’s camp.
“The negotiations for my fight are almost done. The front runner is IBF Champion Devon Alexander. It’d be a unification bout at welterweight,” confirmed Mayweather.
A shot at the 35 year-old pound for pound king is by far the biggest fight out there for any fighter around that weight division and it now seems that the pulling power of ‘Money’ Mayweather has led to a situation that the IBF may have to deal with.
Mayweather was linked to his own mandatory Robert Guerrer, along with light-middleweight title holder Saul Alvarez for his Mexican holiday themed ‘Cinco de Mayweather’ promotion, although a fight with Alexander is far from done and more developments are expected in the next couple of days.