Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has cleared up internet rumours of prized contender Kell Brook upping sticks and moving on to pastures new.
Reports began surfacing of Brook potentially signing with a new outfit away from Hearn and Sky Sports, although that’s not the case, according to the man himself.
“My twitter started going mad. ‘Kell Brook has left Eddie Hearn’ Bloody hell! Has he?’ I texted Kell and he phoned me straight up and started laughing,” Hearn told IFL TV.
“You never know in boxing, some people you take their loyalty. Don’t forget, when we were in negotiations with David Haye (for the Tony Bellew fight) other promoters were getting people to phone Bellew to say do the fight on our channel, we will pay you this and that.
“Fighters are always going to get the carrot dangled in front of them. It is how loyal they are. But also sometimes an opportunity is too good to turn down. I understand that. I can’t tell you we will keep every fighter we’ve got..that’s just life. But I have been through a hell of a lot with Kell Brook, a hell of a lot. And if that did happen it would be a massive kick in the nuts. I don’t envisage it to happen at all. But who knows, in the future?
“Certain fighters you trust their loyalty a million percent, Tony Bellew is one of them, probably Kell Brook too. So I don’t think there is any truth at all – well I know there’s not. But who knows what the future holds?”
On Brooks next move, on the back of suffering a first loss to Gennady Golovkin, Hearn added: “It’s pay-per-wiew fights only for Kell Brook, that’s all he wants. So I have got to deliver them. And if I cannot deliver them, who knows?”