International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Kell Brook will not face a decision over the future of his belt unless the Briton can cause an upset against Gennady Golovkin, WBN has been informed.
As outlined by Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn when announcing the September 10 fight with the middleweight king, Brook will remain at the IBF’s 147 pound flagbearer no matter what the result against Golovkin.
The IBF did point out to WBN that nothing has yet been sent in writing about the London event and also clarified what would happen to Brook’s title status should he dethrone Golovkin to lift the WBC, IBF and IBO championships at 160 pounds.
“We have not received an official request for Gennady Golovkin v Kell Brook. Therefore, we have not approved it yet,” IBF Chairman Lindsey Tucker exclusively told World Boxing News on Tuesday.
“If the fight does take place as planned, Brook would be fighting in an over the weight bout. Therefore, if he loses, his welterweight title is not at stake and he keeps the title.
“Should he win and defeat Golovkin, he would then have ten days to decide which title he wants to keep (IBF 147 or 160) because he cannot keep two titles in two different weight classes at the same time.”
The World Boxing Association have already made it clear they have not sanctioned Golovkin to defend their title against Brook, leaving three of the Kazakh’s four belts available for the O2 Arena blockbuster.
Brook, 30, takes his impressive undefeated 36-0 record into the UK pay-per-view encounter, whilst Golovkin boasts a standout 35-0 tally and a 91% knockout ratio into the bargain.
Two other IBF title fights have already been rubberstamped for the undercard as John Reil Casimero defends his flyweight belt against Charlie Edwards and rivals Lee Haskins and Stuart Hall square-off for the former’s bantamweight version.