Hearn’s new plan: Brook v Khan, Quigg v Frampton and Cleverly v Bellew II
Eddie Hearn is already on a mission to bring more massive UK fights to fruition in the future just days after putting together one of the biggest boxing events ever seen in Britain on Saturday night.
The Matchroom promoter was a driving force in make Carl Froch v George Groves II the resounding success it was – as the two domestic rivals battled it out in front of 80,000 plus at Wembley Stadium in London. Froch, 36, gave the contest the ending it deserved with his one-punch finish and Hearn is now looking to build up to another potential blockbuster night featuring some of the biggest fighters currently under his stewardship.
One of those is welterweight contender Kell Brook, who is the mandatory challenger to IBF champion Shawn Porter, with Hearn hoping that a long-touted encounter with new father Amir Khan can eventually make it to the ring.
Likewise a grudge match between WBA super-bantamweight title holder Scott Quigg, who is constantly linked to a defence or unification down the line with Carl Frampton as ‘The Jackal’ closes in on a world championship shot.
The final bout on Hearn’s Monday wishlist was a return between new signing Nathan Cleverly and nemesis Tony Bellew, who are already on a November collision course after engaging in a interesting twelve round clash in 2011. With both fledgling cruiserweights signed with Hearn on Sky, the rematch should be an easy one to make, and it may just come down to whether both boxers agree once their scheduled summer outings are completed.
It’s an ambitious treble that Hearn is hoping to put together, but on the back of the Froch v Groves buzz, who can blame him for that.
The standout fight for me would certainly be Brook versus Khan at 147lbs, although a victory over Porter may be the only way the former could entice the latter into taking the grudge match.
Brook, 26, is facing a daunting trip to the US if the Porter challenge is to ever get off the ground, with Khan sceptical that he will even take the fight – which is only adding more fuel to the fire.
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