Kell Brook returned to the ring on Saturday with an emphatic knockout victory over Sergey Rabchenko, and now thoughts are on his future, which could include a clash with WBC 154-pound titleholder Jermell Charlo.
“There are some world-class fighters at 154lbs, the champions are all elite and there are some brilliant other fighters in the top five, but Kell can beat them all and be the man, Brook is a bigger name than Charlo but he’s the champion, so make us an offer.”
Hearn doesn’t seem to be thinking June, though, when Charlo is set to return in Los Angeles on Showtime, part of the Santa Cruz-Mares II card:
”Rabchenko is a world-class fighter but he’s not elite level, Kell proved he’s an elite-level fighter and we need another step-up in June or July and then we’re ready for the big stuff in the winter.”
Brook (37-2, 26 KO) looked sharp this past weekend, but it’s probably wise to get him another fight before challenging for a world title, whether anyone else likes it or not. In the meantime, Charlo (30-0, 15 KO) will fight someone on June 9, Brook will probably fight again around that time, and then maybe they can make a fight later in the year. Or Brook could just wind up fighting press rival Amir Khan. We’ll see.