IBF welterweight titlist Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) and WBO beltholder Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) are reportedly closing in on a deal for a title unification bout. Both champions have been looking for a notable fight and it looks like they've found it in one another. The date when the prospective fight would take place hasn't been announced, but it looks like it'll be held in Brook's hometown of Sheffield, England. Here's what Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn had to say about the negotiations:
"We are coming to the end of the process and things are looking good," Hearn told ESPN.com. "We have made a great offer and also give the assurance of neutrality across the officials. I think there's a good chance this fight gets made and I think it's a great fight for both champions."
Kell Brook won the IBF title by beating Shawn Porter in August 2014. Since taking the belt, Brook has defended it against Jo Jo Dan, Frankie Gavin, and Kevin Bizier -- which obviously leaves much to be desired. Vargas would easily be Brook's toughest opponent in the last two years.
Vargas, on the other hand, won his WBO belt when he knocked out Sadam Ali this past March, which was for a title vacated by Timothy Bradley paving the way for him to face Manny Pacquiao for a third time. Should things stay on track, Vargas will take the flight across the pond for the unification fight. Vargas was initially wary of going overseas to put his title on the line, but reportedly had a change of heart after Eddie Hearn assured him that neutral officials would be assigned to the bout.
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