While his British counterpart Amir Khan takes on Saul Alvarez this weekend in Las Vegas, current IBF Welterweight champion Kell Brook is struggling to get the fights he and Matchroom feel, he deserves.
However his problem is that they seem to be chasing fights in the UK and America is, for the most part, where you have to be to get the recognition and the big dust-ups and Brook needs to build on his title winning performance over 'Showtime' Shawn Porter.
Kell has been clamouring for the Khan fight for years and whether you feel he would match him inside the ring or not, out of the ring they are on two different levels entirely.
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While Khan has fought in the US on nine occasions and headlined the majority of them, Brook has fought just once across the pond and even though the Olympic silver medalist had a headstart due to his amateur career, Brook needs to take more risks to become a star worldwide.
Ideally, the 30-year-old should aspire to take on fighters such as former two-weight world champion Timothy Bradley, current WBO champion Jessie Vargas or former lightweight champion Brandon Rios before even bigger tussles with the likes of Keith Thurman and, although a real long shot, maybe the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather if the opportunity arises.
Anyone who has watched Special K throughout his career will probably agree that he should be at this stage already considering the obvious potential he has had for years. An apparent lax attitude to training in the past, being protected previous and current promoters and of course the potentially fatal stabbing and subsequent injury last year have all been factors in getting Brook to this stage but he can't hang around much longer.
He is 30-years-old and arguably has one world-level operator on his resume - that's not good enough for someone as talented as him. He also has the financial backing of Eddie Hearn so it shouldn't be as difficult for him to get big fights as it was for someone like Junior Witter all those years ago.
What is more likely to happen is that Errol Spence Jr, who completely tore apart and stopped former Khan and Pacquiao foe Chris Algieri recently, will become his mandatory opponent and his biggest test to date.
Khan didn't make light work of Algieri and Pacquiao couldn't stop him so this kid might be the real deal and a Brook win would be well received in the States - even more so if it happened in front of their own eyes. Special K's career hasn't stalled, it just hasn't taken off yet
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