Fans won’t get to see Kell Brook sharing a ring with Amir Khan this summer despite the Sheffield man’s brilliant knockout of Sergey Rabchenko on Saturday night.
Brook smashed his way into the super-welterweight reckoning on his debut at the weight and will be back in action as early as June, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
‘The Special One’ had been to hell and back after his loss to Errol Spence and badly needed to get back to winning ways in order to salvage a second world title bid.
“I could see how nervous Kell was backstage,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“Everything was on the line tonight, that was his career on the line. A defeat in any kind of way was the end for Kell Brook.
“But he showed what we always believed, that he’s a world-class fighter.”
On his ambitions to rule again following his reign at welterweight, Hearn was adamant the new division is better suited.
“If you’d have seen what he did to himself to make 147 pounds to fight Errol Spence, trust me how he even went ten or eleven rounds is remarkable.
“This guy is one of the biggest talents in world boxing, he always has been. At 154 pounds he’s a different kind of animal.
“There aren’t the big names at 154 pounds, but guess what – there is now,” he said pointing to Brook.
Hearn continued: “Kell Brook is coming for a second world title and I believe he’s going to be a two-weight world champion in 2018.”
Asked about the prospect of fighting Amir Khan next, the Matchroom boss ruled it out, by adding: “Amir Khan v Kell Brook is the fight we’ve wanted for three or four years.
“Khan fights in Liverpool on April 21 and he’s got to come through that. Kell Brook has passed the test, so Amir Khan has got to pass the test on April 21.
“Kell wants to fight in June, that’s when Kell’s next going to be out. Back in the gym on Monday to make up for lost time.
“He’s got to win, and of course later in 2018 my job is to give you Amir Khan v Kell Brook.
“That’s the fight we need to see but let’s see Amir Khan win on April 21st and Kell back in the gym, back grinding at 154,” stated Hearn.