EXCLUSIVE: Brandon Cook talks Kell Brook as Briton signs up for WBC CBP

Mark Robinson

Super-welterweight contender Brandon Cook has opened up on fears Kell Brook may not be able to compete on the Dillian Whyte v Joseph Parker undercard as planned. 

Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed Brook would be assessed by doctors ahead of the contest later this month as doubts were confirmed about the former WBC Silver champion’s fitness.

All concerned are keeping their fingers crossed Brook will be cleared to fight Cook, who is raring to go after being handed a chance to impress on a huge UK bill.

“Everything has been going great so far in training and I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity for myself,” Cook exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I heard he was hurt last Thursday but nothing was said after that. He has since posted pics where he was about to spar and stuff so I’m sure he is good.”

If Brook isn’t 100% fit, Cook would be looking for Hearn to provide him with an alternative opponent for the bill in order to stick to his travel plans.

“I’m praying he is okay to fight. I have a bunch of people that bought flights to come already so it would really suck for everyone if that happened. I wouldn’t be too happy if they pull out this close.

“I’m waiting to find that out, but Eddie Hearn is one of the best promoters out there so hopefully he can do something for me if the worst happens,” he said.

Cook, 32, has lost just once in 21 contests and knows victory over Brook would bring massive rewards.

Brook, on the other hand, recently signed up the WBC Clean Boxing Program (CBP) after being dropped from the rankings and stripped of the title he won against Sergey Rabchenko in March.

‘The Special One’ should be reinstated next month, although the strap he claimed has now been declared vacant by the World Boxing Council.