British welterweight contender Kell Brook looks in the shape of his life as the Sheffield fighter aims to take the IBF title from Shawn Porter in Carson, California and move towards a potential mega-money bout.
Victory for the unbeaten 28 year-old on Saturday night at the StubHub Center could bring riches beyond Brook’s wildest dream as unification fights with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would be within reach for the Yorkshireman.
Speculation is rife that if Brook does pull off a win against the odds on US soil, a massive domestic clash with Amir Khan will be in pipeline for December, although an offer to face Mayweather or Pacquiao could be too much for the IBF’s mandatory challenger to refuse.
Brook becoming the world champion at 147 opens the door for an April or May encounter against either of the pound for pound top two, which would be worth £5 million plus to ‘The Special One’ and leave Khan lagging behind.
Career-wise, a UK super-fight with Khan may be too risky for Brook to take so early after becoming world champion (if he can beat Porter) and a routine defence would certainly make more sense to keep him in the mix for those huge cheques in the spring.
Win or lose against either of Mayweather and Pacquiao would still leave the door open for Brook to face Khan down the line as both are still in their late twenties – although a Porter triumph is imperative to keep hopes of a fight with all three alive.
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