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Kell Brook jockeying for position in final Mayweather bout

Kell Brook knows that he has to take care of the opponent in front of him, Frankie Gavin, but is still looking to win the Mayweather sweepstakes.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

For as much as Kell Brook and Amir Khan apparently detest each other, they sure do have a number of things in common. Both men have relative soft touches for upcoming fights, can't help but take shots at one another in the media, and meanwhile, they're both trying to snag the opponent's corner for Floyd Mayweather's final bout in September. To Amir's credit, however, he has gone on record lately stating that he doesn't want to talk too much about a potential Floyd fight as he is just focused on the task in front of him (Chris Algieri). Kell Brook also says he's focused on his upcoming opponent, Frankie Gavin, while still angling for a Mayweather fight, but thinks people are being too harsh towards Gavin for being a 6/1 underdog in their match-up.

"They're being hard on him because I'm hearing nothing but good things about Frankie Gavin. I'm hearing that he's looking sensational in sparring and he's getting the best out of himself in the gym every day. This is his opportunity to win a world title, so he's living the life and doing things right.

"When there's no pressure on him that's when you're likely to see the best of Frankie Gavin. He's got nothing to lose and everything to gain."

Naturally, a lot of the boxing public see both Brook's fight against Gavin, and Khan's fight against Algieri, as mere holdover fights until they get the call from Al Haymon - offering a bout with Mayweather that would earn each man a career-high payday. Kell Brook doesn't hide his disappointment that Mayweather chose not to accept the WBO belt he won from Pacquiao earlier this month, as well as Mayweather stating that he was going to relinquish all of this titles, since Brook was hoping for a September unification fight.

"It's a bit strange but Al Haymon has probably advised him to do that so all of his fighters can pick up the vacant titles. I was hoping that Mayweather would keep the belts and unify the entire division against me in his last fight. After all, an American versus a Brit is always a huge event on both sides of the Atlantic.

"I need to take care of Frankie first but I would jump at the Mayweather fight in a heartbeat and I still hope it happens. I want to fight the best possible opponents and that includes Pacquiao also."

So just for the sake of conversation, who would you rather see against Mayweather in September - Amir Khan because you think it's a fun stylistic match-up, or Kell Brook just so we can see Khan's sad puppy dog face again?

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