IBF clarify Kell Brook’s voluntary position as Frankie Gavin hints at agreement

Kell Brook

Lawrence Lustig

IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook looks set to exercise his voluntary option as early as May 30 as a title defence against compatriot Frankie Gavin is rumoured to be close.

Brook, 28, scored a big win against mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan less than two weeks ago in putting his belt on the line for the first time, and despite initially eyeing a June return, is set to be added to Matchroom’s massive bill in London next month.

An all-British world title bout has been brewing since the IBF put Gavin forward to face Timothy Bradley in a final eliminator as promoter Eddie Hearn then decided to cut out the American middle-man and use Brook’s stipulated option to make an in-house battle.

IBF chairman moved to explain Brook’s position to WBN as it currently stands with an official announcement of the Gavin clash looming large.

“Kell Brook is in an optional period now following his mandatory against Jo Jo Dan and can fight anyone in the IBF’s top 15 rankings until October 28, 2015,” Tucker informed World Boxing News.

As Gavin is ranked number five, the ex-world amateur champion is allowed to bypass an offered final eliminator with Bradley and can now push forward with his first attempt at a recognised title.

When replying to a fan on social media, Gavin confirmed that that scheduled opponent Chris Van Heerden will receive compensation if he does miss out on a May 9 fight, which looked like a big hint that the Brook fight is nearly across the line.