IBF grant Brook v Spence extension request as agreement nears
International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Kell Brook has been granted seven days to finalize a deal with Errol Spence Jr.
The purse bid deadline was set for Tuesday and the IBF had initially confirmed to WBN a decision must be made following an agreed injury delay.
“A Purse Bid for Brook vs. Spence is scheduled for February 7, 2017. Once we call for a Purse Bid there are no more extensions,” IBF Chairman Lindsey Tucker told World Boxing News over the weekend.
Now, Eddie Hearn and Spence’s promoter Tom Brown have both asked for more time as an agreement draws closer.
“Both Eddie Heard (Brook) and Tom Brown (Spence) requested the additional week. The new Purse Bid date is Tuesday, February 14, 2017,” Tucker explained to World Boxing News on Monday.
Spence Jr. has been the number one contender to Brook’s crown for some time now, although a clash at middleweight against Gennady Golovkin in September took precedent for the champion, who subsequently suffered a broken eye socket in the fight requiring surgery.
Brook asked for an extension from the IBF in order to recover from facial damage and has since seen a massive spring clash with UK rival Amir Khan fall apart.
— Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) February 6, 2017
As things currently stand, Spence is known to want his chance and has already tweeted several times regarding his eagerness to face the title holder.
More will become clear on Brook’s situation in the next few days.