After initially holding talks over mouth-watering battle, Rios’ manager Cameron Dunkin stated that the deal just didn’t make viable sense for ‘Bam Bam’ in order for him make a trip to Britain for the first time in his career.
“Brandon’s trainer Robert and I really did appreciate Barry’s (Hearn) offer which we understood was the best he could do, but it just wasn’t a big enough fight to pay Brandon the kind of money he wants to go to the UK and fight a terrific fighter like Kell Brook in his hometown,” Dunkin exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I can get Brandon as much or more money here in the states, so at this time would couldn’t accept. Maybe the Brook fight will present itself again as a bigger fight in the future or it won’t – we shall see.
“Brandon is willing to fight anyone and fight anywhere, but in regards to Brook I thought it best to go with our other plans right now,” he added.
Brook, 28, is currently being linked to a title defense against Argentinian Diego Chaves for what is set to be a hometown outing on October 24 before moving on to a potential domestic blockbuster against Amir Khan at some point in 2016.