According to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs) is currently in negotiations to take on former champion Kell Brook (39-2, 27 KOs) for a November 14 title fight. Arum tells ESPN that Brook sits atop of the wish list for Crawford, which is probably more of a reflection on what’s realistically available to Crawford more so than anything else.
‘’Kell Brook is a free agent, and we’re discussing a Crawford fight with the Kell Brook people. That’s on top of our wish list.”
To that point, Arum admits that he was hoping to land a Manny Pacquiao fight for Crawford, but that it isn’t likely to be staged this year.
Crawford, 32, is most recently coming off a knockout win over Egidijus Kavaliauskas last December, marking his seventh straight stoppage. That said, Crawford has been having one hell of a time trying to land a marquee opponent in the welterweight division since most of the division’s elite fighters are aligned with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions.
Brook, 34, most recently knocked out Mark DeLuca in February, but has had some up and down performances as of late, particularly following two damaging fights against Gennadiy Golovkin and Errol Spence, where he had both of his eye sockets broken. Brook maintains that he’s still eager to mix it up with some of the best fighters in the world, though, so this just might be his last real shot.
For now we’ll just see how the negotiations progress.