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Jessie Vargas signs on for Kell Brook unification

Phil Jay 02/06/2016

Chris Farina

WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas has signed his portion of the deal for a massive unification in the UK with IBF title holder Kell Brook.

According to manager Cameron Dunkin – who informed WBN on Wednesday, Vargas has put pen to paper to face Brook in Sheffield later this summer to decide who will be the main man at 147 pounds.

Vargas, who claimed a second weight world title with victory over Sadam Ali, has been pushing for another high profile name since losing out to Timothy Bradley last June, whilst Brook has been preoccupied in his attempts to seal a battle with compatriot Amir Khan.

Putting the two title holders together seemed a no-brainer for Dunkin and Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn and dates between the end of August and beginning of September are currently being worked on.

With WBA champion Keith Thurman facing Shawn Porter on June 25 and Danny Garcia without a fight, Vargas or Brook could overhaul the pair in the pound for pound ratings as the possibility of one sole title holder in the division opens up.

It’s no secret that Thurman is hoping to fight Garcia should he retain his belt against Porter, and with both fighters signed to Al Haymon, the contest would be relatively easy to make.

The eventual victors of both bouts could then be in line for what would be the biggest welterweight fight since Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao next year, potentially with four recognised championships on the line.