Former European welterweight champion Sam Eggington is being strongly considered to be in the opposite corner when Kell Brook makes his debut at 154 pounds next year.
Eggington, who defeated an aged Paulie Malignaggi on the David Haye v Tony Bellew undercard back in March, has been tight at the weight for some time now.
‘The Savage’ is himself eyeing a first bout at super-welterweight and is in promoter Eddie Hearn’s thoughts to battle Brook in March of 2018.
Brook is finally making the move up following an ill-fated return to the weight last May. ‘The Special One’ was halted by American sensation Errol Spence after dropping back down from a loss at middleweight to Gennady Golovkin.
The ex-IBF belt holder needs to be eased back from two successive broken cheekbones on either side of his face suffered in each loss and could now meet Eggington in his hometown of Sheffield.
Targets long-term for Brook seem to be a WBO title shot at Miguel Cotto conqueror Sadam Ali or a potential British blockbuster with Liam Smith should the Liverpool man take the belt from the new champion in a due mandatory defence.
First of all, Brook has to make a winning start to his tenure at the higher limit, and whether Eggington or another opponent, the 31 year-old can ill-afford any further slip-ups in his quest to become a two-weight ruler.
For Eggington, 24, the Midlands scrapper will be aiming to put a split decision reverse to Mohamed Mimoune in October behind him but will be firmly up against it against the more seasoned Brook should the clash make it over the line.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay