Dennis Hobson column: Kell Brook needs to back where he belongs – in the boxing limelight

Kell Brook  in action against Sergey Rabchenk in their Super-Welterweight contest at the FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield. Pic: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Kell Brook in action against Sergey Rabchenk in their Super-Welterweight contest at the FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield. Pic: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Do you expect Amir Khan to put on a good performance against Samuel Vargas - and how important is it for Kell Brook to get himself back into the spotlight at that show and afterwards?

Kell needs to get his act together, otherwise he’ll miss the boat.He should either retire or get himself back in the spotlight before he becomes the forgotten man. Khan has got himself back in the spotlight. 

Kell hasn’t been doing himself any good by staying silent because he’ll end up out of the picture.

Neither Khan nor Kell have many fights left in them, and Kell needs some defining fights to make himself financially secure. Khan is on a mission and will talk himself into a Manny Pacquiao fight.  

I’m not sure he wants to fight Kell, but there’s every chance he could get Pacquiao or another big fight because Khan will go into anyone’s back yard, and you have to admire him for that. 

Another out-of-the-ring flare-up made the news recently involving Billy Joe Saunders and Deontay Wilder - does this sort of thing harm boxing or does it actually promote fights?

Dennis Hobson. Picture: Andrew Roe

Dennis Hobson. Picture: Andrew Roe

There’s been too much of this throwing things at each other and creating disturbances. It lacks a bit of class. Muhammad Ali did it tongue in cheek, he was a master at it and did it with charisma. 

We’re starting to lack class with throwing chairs and water on each other and lunging at each other. It’s not a great role model for young kids. You can create a bit of theatre without throwing food in a restaurant.

Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder features two massive personalities – the fight sells itself. When you consider how much class Billy Joe has in the ring, he doesn’t need to get involved in below-the-belt antics.

Get his PR right and he can be in some mega fights. I do rate him as a fighter, he’s excellent, but does let himself down sometimes.

Of all the middleweights in the last decade, where would you rate BJS?

He needs some defining fights. I’d like to see him fight Eubank Jr again, and put that ghost to bed. That fight would create a stir and get his juices flowing, because Eubank was coming on strong in the fight, so they could do it again.

Other than that, he maybe needs to go to the States to achieve the mega fights. Lately his career seems to have stuttered a bit, he needs defining fights, and it’s up to his promoter and manager to sort that for him.

As a start though, the Eubank fight would be a good move. 

If he doesn’t get those big fights, then he’s going to go stale.