Eddie Hearn discusses future plans for Tony Bellew, Kell Brook

WBN 31/05/2018

Ed Mulholland

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has spoken out regarding the future of three of his former world champions. 

Tony Bellew, the former WBC cruiserweight champion, Kell Brook – an ex-ruler at 154 pounds and Jamie McDonnell, who recently lost his bantamweight crown, are all set for a return to action later this year.

Speaking in his regular Daily Mail column, Hearn stated he was hopeful of landing big challenges for Bellew and Brook, whilst overseeing a rebuilding job on McDonnell at a new weight.

“Over here, we are thinking about what next for Tony Bellew. He has emerged as a real stand-out star of British boxing in the last few years,” Hearn told MailSport.

“From that memorable victory for the WBC title at Goodison Park, to the two dramatic Haye victories, Tony now faces the decision to continue or walk away from the sport.

“The lure of a legacy fight with for pound-for-pound No 1 Andre Ward is tempting, as is another fight at heavyweight against Tyson Fury.

“Whatever he decides to do, he will have my full support and I thank him for the memories he has given us that I will never forget.

“Kell Brook look set to return to the ring in July as he zones in on a super fight later this year – hopefully against Amir Khan.

“Kell has been working hard in Fuerteventura and has also attracted the attention of unified 154lb champ Jarrett Hurd.

“Expect to see a thrilling display from Kell in the Summer and a real big one for him in November or December.

“It was heartbreak in Tokyo last Friday when WBA champion Jamie McDonnell’s 10-year undefeated run came to an end when he was stopped by the brilliant Naoya Inoue in Japan.

“Jamie’s biggest fight was the scales and after more than a decade making that 118lb limit, it’s time for him to move up one, maybe two, weight divisions in search of a second world crown.”

Hearn has a lot on his plate with the new DAZN deal in the United States, which should see more of his UK stable showcased across the Atlantic in the near future.