WBN have been informed that the deadline for Frankie Gavin to accept a final eliminator for the International Boxing Federation welterweight title against Timothy Bradley in the summer has expired.
The IBF had turned to Gavin after Amir Khan passed of the fight, although ironically, the Briton could now be set for an immediate shot against Brook as the voluntary option. Matchroom and Eddie Hearn are said to be working on making Brook v Gavin for their massive May 30 show in London leaving Bradley to await news from the next available contender.
“I have not heard from Eddie Hearn and the deadline has now passed for Frankie Gavin to agree the eliminator with Timothy Bradley. I will send a letter to number six in the rankings, Shawn Porter,” Tucker exclusively told World Boxing News late on Tuesday.
A former IBF champion himself, Porter lost his title to Brook back in August 2014 and could now be given the chance to earn a rematch with the Yorkshireman against compatriot Bradley in what would be an interesting fight. Should ‘Showtime’ pass on the contest, Argentinian Diego Chaves is next in line.
Rumours are still mounting regarding Brook’s all-British title defence being imminently announced by Matchroom which now leaves South African Chris Van Heerden in limbo having signed to fight Gavin on May 9 in Birmingham.