IBF champion Kell Brook has stated that his most likely opponent on September 12th will be Brandon Rios however, he is still holding out hope that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will take the fight in order to unify the welterweight division.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Brook laid down the challenge to Mayweather Jr.In Brook's last fight he was extremely impressive against Frankie Gavin at London's O2 Arene but now the man for Sheffield has his eyes set on a fight with arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the world.
One issue for Brook is that Mayweather has already named his next two opponents he wants to fight.
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Karim Mayfield and Andre Berto would be excellent fights but if Mayweather were to accept Brook's challenge it would be a massive fight. The British public will be longing to see Brook against Mayweather and certainly it would be billed as one of the biggest fights in recent times.
When discussing fighting Brandon Rios, Brook claimed that the fight was very close to being sealed and that it looks set for September 12th. He did, though, tell Sky Sports: "There's also another fighter who wants to fight on that day and that's Floyd Mayweather Jr. If he wants to compete at welterweight and unify the division then it's a natural choice to fight me."
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One main issue with the potential opponent being Mayweather is that the American has never fought outside of America and may not agree to the fight taking place in London. Having the fight in the O2 would be seen as giving Brook too much of an advantage in his eyes and Mayweather may not want to risk being defeated.
What also seems to stand in the way of the fight is that September the 12th is relatively close and Mayweather may not accept the short schedule to prepare for the fight.
One thing which is for certain however is that if Mayweather was to accept the challenge and fight Kell Brook it would be one of the biggest fight in history. Britain against America; this fight could potentially bring in record crowds and would be a massive Box Office hit.
"He's boxed at a really high level against Manny Pacquiao but is now talking about other names that bring nothing to the table. Me, I'm unbeaten, I bring a world title to the table and I believe I can beat Floyd," said Brook.
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One has to admire the confidence of the Sheffield man. His beating of Frankie Gavin will certainly have his tail up and his confidence will be soaring but a fight against Mayweather may be too much to ask at this moment in time.
One thing however which is for sure is that that the British public will be crying out for Mayweather to accept the fight. Brook now plays the waiting game to hear Mayweather's decision.