British super-welterweight star Kell Brook is back in contention for a WBC super-welterweight title shot after being reinstated to the World Boxing Council Ratings for August.
The 32 year-old was removed in June / July and stripped of the WBC Silver title he gained from defeating Sergey Rabchenko on his 154 pound debut in March, although quickly signed up to the Clean Boxing Program championed by the organization.
Following a couple of weeks of uncertainty due to an injury suffered in training and the subsequent pull-out from a fight on the Dillian Whyte v Joseph Parker undercard against Brandon Cook, ‘The Special One’ is seemingly back on track with a clear target in sight.
A fight with Amir Khan remains on the backburner for now, as the former super-lightweight champion explained to World Boxing News in an exclusive interview recently, meaning Brook could put all his 2018 efforts into a potential clash with WBC ruler Jermell Charlo.
“The Kell Brook fight is there on my radar and that’s one of the reasons why I signed up with Eddie Hearn. I think a fight with him is definitely a possibility,” Khan exclusively told World Boxing News, alluding to the probability of extending his contract with Hearn.
On Brook’s lack of activity since moving up to 154 pounds, Khan added: “What he does outside the ring is nothing to do with me. The way he has a lifestyle of partying and drinking and everything else, he just needs to stay patient and when it’s the right time the fight will happen.
“At this moment, there are other things out there and other routes I’m taking. But let’s just see because it’s a fight I would love to have. In the UK it would be a massive fight.”
Facing Brook at the higher super-welterweight limit is also not a consideration for Khan in the near future.
“Moving up to 154 for a Kell Brook fight is something I would never do as I’ve made that mistake of going up a weight before and it’s not come naturally to me,” said the Bolton man, in regards to a brief foray up to middleweight to challenge Canelo Alvarez unsuccessfully in 2016.
“I’m a natural 147 fighter so I want to make the Kell Brook fight at my natural weight – if possible because I don’t want to be going up and down weights. I tried that before and I got hurt.
“If the fight is to happen, it happens at 147. I remember Kell Brook saying that to me at my last fight. He said he’ll fight me at 147 so he should stick to his word – if the fight is to happen,” concluded Khan.
Brook could be back in the ring as early as October, according to promoter Eddie Hearn, although WBN understands a return to action is more likely in November or December for the determined Sheffield man.
With a title chance at 154 seemingly closer than ever, Brook could aim for a final WBC eliminator with either Julian Williams or Erislandy Lara on any possible Aleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew Pay-Per-View card, or indeed a forthcoming DAZN offering currently being planned by Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.
Current WBC Ratings at 154 (August 2018):
1 Julian Williams (US)
2 Erislandy Lara (Cuba)
3 Kell Brook (GB)
4 Sergio Garcia (Spain)
5 Tony Harrison (US)
6 Erickson Lubin (US)
7 Maciej Sulecki (Poland)
8 Austin Trout (US)
9 Zakaria Attou (France) EBU
10 Nathaniel Gallimore (US)
11 Cedric Vitu (France)
12 Orlando Fiordigiglio (Italy)
13 Ismail Iliev (Russia)
14 Charles Hatley (US)
15 Sam Eggington (GB)
16 Ishe Smith (US)
17 Liam Smith (GB)
18 Magomed Kurbanov (Russia)
19 Terrell Gausha (US)
20 Takeshi Inoue (Japan) OPBF
21 Maxime Beaussire (France)
22 Patrick Day (US) AMERICA
23 Vanes Martirosyan (Armenia)
24 Liam Williams (GB)
25 Jorge Fortea (Spain) LATINO
26 Dennis Hogan (Ireland/Australia)
27 Ted Cheeseman (GB)
28 Isaac Real (Spain)
29 Sergey Rabchenko (Belarussia)
30 James Metcalf (GB) INTL
31 Patrick Teixeira (Brazil)
32 Dwight Ritchie (Australia)
33 Patryk Szymanski (Poland)
34 Khuseyn Baysangurov (Ukraine)
35 Brandon Cook (Canada)
36 Tim Tszyu (Australia)
37 Souleymane Cissokho (France)
38 Evgeny Terentiev (Russia) INTL Silver
39 Michael Zerafa (Australia) COMM
40 Sergey Vorobiev (Russia)