Despite WBN being informed Kell Brook would defend his IBF welterweight title against mandatory challenger Errol Spence Jr. in Sheffield on May 20, promoter Eddie Hearn has all but ruled out the date in question.
A purse bid between Brook and Spence was called for last Monday, although both sides asked for one more week before reaching an agreement to avoid any blind offers taking place.
According to Chairman Lindsey Tucker, Hearn and Spence’s promoter Tom Brown are happy with the fight taking place in England, where the bout looks set to be heading for television coverage on Sky Sports Box Office.
Tucker had initially told WBN: “The purse bid was canceled. The date I was given is May 20 with Brook v Spence taking place in Sheffield,” before Hearn stated this was unlikely in a reply tweet on social media.
Possible dates of May 27 or June 3 are now potentials for the contest, which may happen at either the Motorpoint Arena or Sheffield United Football Club’s Brammall Lane ground.
Brook hasn’t fought at welterweight since a March victory over Kevin Bizier and looked tight at the weight before moving up to middleweight last time out.
Defeat to Gennady Golovkin in five rounds prompted some to believe a move to 154 was on the cards, although pleas by Hearn went unheard by ‘The Special One’ recently.
Opponent Spence, 27, is highly-regarded as a potential superstar of the future and takes an impressive 21-0 record with 18 stoppages into what will be the southpaw’s second fight outside the United States.
Undercard news will follow in the next few weeks on the back of an official announcement from Matchroom and the PBC.