Sheffield world champion Kell Brook’s patience is tested

Kell Brook with young Sheffield fan Theo Ardon
Kell Brook with young Sheffield fan Theo Ardon

Three months of speculation has failed to materialise into substance - Kell Brook still doesn’t know for sure who he will be fighting next.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has yet name an opponent the Sheffield world champion who is hungry to compete against the biggest welterweight names in the world.

The present favourite on his potential dance card is Argentinian Diego Chaves, who drew with Timothy Bradley - another possible rival for the South Yorkshireman - last December. Chaves, who is the same age as Brook, 29, has a 23+2+1 record and has been in with the likes of Brandon Rios and Keith Thurman, both of whom he lost to and both of whom have also interested Brook’s camp.

The possible challenger from Buenos Aires, has only won one out of his last four fights and would love to get his hands on Brook’s IBF belt. It is just over a year (August 16) since Brook won the world title, defeating Shawn Porter in California.

Since then Brook has demolished relatively modest opposition in Jo Jo Dan (fourth round) and Frankie Gavin (who lasted until the sixth.)

The unbeaten Ecclesall champion says his first choice for an opponent would have been Floyd Mayweather rather than domestic nemesis Amir Khan.

He told Boxing News: “It’d be Floyd Mayweather, because he’s unbeaten and some people are calling him the best fighter ever. Ever since I first walked into the gym and laced up my gloves, I’ve wanted to fight the best out there. I’d love to see where I stand when I’m up against the very best.”

Asked if he felt battle with Khan would “eclipse” the Carl Froch-George Groves II contest he said: “Yeah I do. We’ve had a personal rivalry for a long time, and it’s more of a closer fight than Froch-Groves was. With the build-up and everything else that goes with it, I think it’d grow to be a huge, huge fight.”

Meanwhile, there are rumours of a cracking local derby at middleweight - with Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor putting his English title on the line against teak-tough Crosspool brawler Jez Wilson in November.