British professional boxer Kell Brook wants to keep his IBF welterweight title despite losing the fight against Gennady Golovkin in September.
He suffered a severely damaged eye socket in the loss to the Kazakhstani boxer and had to undergo an operation.
Making a swift return to training after just over a month of his surgery, the Brit disclosed his intentions of holding the belt, at least until his next bout.
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BBC Sport quoted the 30-year-old saying: “I want the welterweight unification fights but if they aren’t there then it will be Errol Spence Jr. next in a big UK show."
Spence defeated Leonard Bundu in August which makes him the mandatory challenger for the welterweight division.
Brook is aware of the options he has for the next fight and is considering every possible scenario.
“I know there are options at 154lb and I may even be more suited there, but I am not willing to give up what I fought so hard for.”
His loss against Golovkin was his first ever loss in his entire pro career till date.
Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn is optimistic of the future of his client, revealing what the coming days might offer.
He said: “I spoke through various options with Kell and he was adamant that he would not relinquish his title.
“In an ideal world, he would unify the division against Manny Pacquiao, but the Spence fight is also one that really excites him and fight fans. That could be a big fight here in the UK and with the 75-25 split in place we would be very confident of bringing that fight to Sheffield.”
Nicknamed ‘The Special One’, Brook is gearing up for a busy schedule ahead as he prepares to take to the ring after an absence of two months due to eye injury.
Nonetheless, the boxing fraternity, as well as fans across the globe, can expect to see the welterweight champion in action sooner rather than later.