Kell Brook's potential options for big summer showdown

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Kell Brook is now an established world champion and despite three stellar defences of his IBF welterweight title he is yet to ascend into boxing superstardom. This is mainly due to the fact that his defences have come against underwhelming mandatory opponents and he is yet to crack the bigger US market.

Last month's destruction of Canadian Kevin Bizier did little to attract more attention to Brook, and he is actively seeking out the biggest names in the division for a blockbuster summer fight. Brook is an elite level fighter and should be more highly regarded than he is overseas, so a fight against a household US name would certainly benefit his career going forward.

Without further ado here are three fighters he could look to take on to both raise his profile and test his boxing skills:


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Danny Garcia

Philadelphia-born Garcia is a fellow unbeaten fighter with a fearsome reputation and currently holds the WBC welterweight belt. He stepped up in weight last year after demolishing every big name in the light welterweight division, and it took him just two fights to become a two-weight world champion as he beat Robert Guerrero in January.

Garcia has previously beaten Amir Khan by knockout so British boxing fans are no strangers to the power he possesses and a fight with Brook would be extremely entertaining as both men carry knockout power as well as excellent boxing brains. The fight would be a unification bout and carry the added implication of one man losing his unbeaten record, a very attractive prospect for fans and promotion companies alike.

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Garcia doesn't have any fights scheduled for the summer months so this would make sense for both men, the only stumbling blocks may be around location and obviously the money split.

Adrien Broner

Broner (34-2) is a four-weight world champion and certainly has the boxing skills to challenge Brook. However, 'The Problem' is a walking centre of controversy due to his arrogant nature, lack of respect for opponents, and despite his talent, he has nights where his inflated ego gets the better of him and you really never know what to expect from him.

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He lost his WBA welterweight title earlier this month on the scales before easing past Ashley Theophane in nine rounds and it seems as though Brook would be keen to keen to face Broner. Previous losses to Marcos Maidana and Brook victim Shawn Porter suggest that he may not fair well against the Briton but he is a man who doesn't duck fights so this matchup is a real option for the summer.

Broner is a big name and a win against him would only serve to enhance Brook's reputation as one of the best in the business.

Timothy Bradley

Bradley possesses elite fighting skills and the only two losses on his record have come against the great Manny Pacquiao, hardly anything to be ashamed of. Having just lost to Pacquiao for a second time earlier in the month, Bradley will be looking to re-establish himself in the division and would no doubt jump at the chance of fighting Brook.

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This fight is the most likely to take place in the UK and would be very appealing to Brook and his team due to Bradley's reputation and the interest that the fight would garner across the world. Having beaten the likes of Brandon Rios, Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao and Lamont Peterson, Bradley is a fearsome opponent and this matchup would be one full of intrigue that fans would love to see.

Brook needs a marquee win on his record and fighting any of these three men would certainly solidify his position at the top of the welterweight division. The most attractive fight might just be Garcia though, mainly because it presents the chance to unify the division and puts two unbeaten fighters against each other.

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