Following a career-best victory over Shawn Porter to claim the new IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook has gone from relative obscurity on the world boxing scene to the top of the welterweight division's most-wanted list.

With the beautiful red and gold belt wrapped firmly around his waist, Brook is now the name on the tip of every 147-pound contender's tongue and the world is now his oyster.

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Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn told IFL-TV that the Sheffield star will return to the ring on December 6 at the Sheffield Arena.

Voluntary defence gives Brook room for manoeuvre

Fans' hopes of a maiden title defence against deserving Italian veteran, Leonard Bundu (31-0-2, 11KO's), who has travelled to these shores on two occasions and left with his undefeated record intact by outlasting Lee Purdy and Frankie Gavin, appear to have been scuppered by the IBF's order of a final eliminator between the 39-year-old European champion and Romania's Ionut Dan Ion (33-2, 18KO's).

Hearn also revealed that he has been asked to consider names such as Brandon Rios, Josesito Lopez and Andre Berto for voluntary defences. Although those three men aren't at the top of the heap, they would all gel well stylistically with Brook.

Marquee Mexican legend a distant but exciting prospect

Lest we forget that sitting ringside when the 28-year-old Brook challenged Porter was Juan Manuel Marquez. The Mexican legend, who has won world honours in four different weight divisions and who poleaxed Manny Pacquaio with a single punch in their famous fourth encounter, was vocal in his desire to challenge the winner.

If Hearn could somehow seal a deal for the new titleholder to square off with Marquez, it would be the first time England has entertained a Mexican hero since an ageing Marco Antonio Barrera unsuccessfully tried his luck against Amir Khan in 2009.

And then there was Oscar De La Hoya's (Golden Boy Promotions boss) tweet, which stated that the WBA Interim champion, Keith Thurman, is willing to travel to Great Britain to challenge 'The Special One'.

Thurman (23-0, 21KO's), known as 'One Time', is an exciting young fighter with crushing punching power in both hands. However, as was the case with Brook before Saturday night, he is untested at the highest level and people are still to find out just how good he really is.

Khan grudge match would capture public imagination

The one fight that everybody wants to see though, on this side of the pond anyway, is Brook vs Khan.

The pair have shared an unfriendly relationship ever since their amateur days and they have thrown jibes at one another throughout their respective journeys in the paid ranks.

If you were to ask 10 boxing fans who would win, you'd probably get five votes for each fighter.

A bout between the bitter rivals would almost certainly sell out any venue in the country and the bad blood between the two would capture the imagination of everybody, including those who aren't die-hard boxing fans and were at Wembley for the Carl Froch vs. George Groves clash.

Not only would the fans be given what they want, but the boxers would earn a shed load of cash for their troubles. Everybody wins - right?

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