Former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook is expected to be back in action next spring, where he’ll look to move up to 154lbs and bounce back from his latest defeat against Errol Spence — a fight that took both a physical and emotional toll on Brook.
Not only did Brook lose his world title in that fight, but he also haft his left eye socket broken, after just recovering from having his right socket broken by Gennady Golovkin the fight before.
With some well-needed time off, Brook and his promoter Eddie Hearn are hoping to get him back into the swing of things, but they’re not going to simply throw him in the deep end straightaway.
"We need to get Kell back in love with the sport. He's coming off two defeats and some criticism, which he didn't take well, so we need to get him winning and enjoying it.
"He could have five fights left in him. It's a tough division. It's not just about world titles, at this stage. It's about being involved in big fights. The Amir Khan fight remains something he, and all of Britain, wants."
The prospective Khan fight aside — because, really, what’s the point of continuing with that conversation — Brook says he has his eye on the titleholders at junior middlweight: Jarrett Hurd, Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo, and now Sadam Ali. But those certainly won’t be up next as Brook hopes to get his swagger back.
"They are all very good fighters, they are all world champions, they are all talented fighters. Once I come back with a win, and my confidence is up there again, I'll be looking at those names."
One of the names that is said to be in consideration for Brook’s junior middleweight debut would be Sam Eggington, a fellow welterweight who is also considering a move up to 154lbs. But who would you like to see Brook test the waters against, and how do you see him faring against the current crop of 154lb champions?