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Kell Brook believes he is the best welterweight on the planet and is now craving a summer showdown against one of the division's elite fighters to prove it after disposing of Kevin Bizier on Saturday night.
Brook made the third defence of his IBF world title with a ruthless second-round stoppage of Canadian challenger Kevin Bizier in his home city of Sheffield in a bout that proved a complete mismatch.
The unbeaten Yorkshireman defied a 10-month ring absence by landing at will almost from the opening bell and two punishing knockdowns mercifully saw an early end to proceedings.
Brook wants to test his mettle against superior opposition in his next outing, with the likes of fellow world champions at the 147lb weight limit Danny Garcia and Jessie Vargas touted, as well as former two-weight world champion Tim Bradley, who completes his trilogy of fights against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas in two weeks' time.
"I'll fight any fighter out there," he said.
"I want to unify the division. There's no one who can touch me at 147, I'll clean up. I just need those fights and I'll show everyone I can do that.
"I just want those big fights that brings the best out in me. In this sport I want to challenge myself to the best fights and see how many gears I can go up."
Brook, who extended his record to 36-0 with 25 wins inside the distance, admits he may have to contemplate a move up to the light-middleweight division in the next couple of years so he is keen to make his remaining time at welterweight count.
He said: "Maybe three or four fights, it depends what names get presented to me.
"It is hard making the weight but t here's still unfinished business at 147 before we move up and stay up. I want to get some good scalps on the resume."
Brook's promoter Eddie Hearn claimed it is proving ever more difficult to match his charge against marketable fighters.
"No one fancies fighting Kell Brook," he said. "We've had it all along, that's why we have to fight the Biziers to make sure we keep this belt."
Hearn stoked the flames on a potential clash against WBC champion Danny Garcia - although admitted it would likely have to take place overseas.
He said: "I'd love him to fight Danny Garcia, he'd smash Danny Garcia but we'd have to do that in America. Fine."
Travelling to the United States is unlikely to faze Brook after he captured his world title with a points win over Shawn Porter two years ago in a bout where he was a huge underdog.
Three weeks later, Brook suffered career-threatening injuries after being stabbed in the leg while on holiday in Tenerife although he has bounced back with three stoppage wins against limited opposition.
Hearn knows he now needs to cement Brook's status as one of the division's premier fighters.
"(Former supermiddleweight world champion) Carl Froch just came up to me in the corridor and said 'Ed, you have to get him the big fights, he is unbelievable'," Hearn added.
"It has to be a big fight because we're all under pressure, especially me. Everyone wants it and it's my job to deliver it.
"There's no point us sitting here saying 'he's the best welterweight in the world, he's the best pound-for-pound fighter in Britain'. We've got to go and prove it."
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