IBF Championships chairman, Lindsey E Tucker is giving IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook until February to decide whether he’s going to defend his title against his mandatory Errol Spence Jr. Tucker gave Brook a medical extension for him to make a decision whether to defend it against Spence or not. Brook’s extension is related to his eye injury he suffered in his last match against Gennady Golovkin.
Brook is in a situation where he has a great many options available to him at this time. Amir Khan is the one that Brook and his promoter Eddie Hearn are anxious about. It’s going to take place this year if Brook doesn’t get beaten before then. Hearn is also in negotiations with Top Rank to potentially match Brook against WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao later this year if there’s an open spot in Brook’s schedule.
Spence, 26, is very dangerous opponent for Brook. Hearn hasn’t said whether Brook vacates his IBF title to avoid the Spence fight yet, but it’s quite possible that’s what will happen. It’s too dangerous of a fight for Brook, and he would lose a very big payday against Khan and Pacquiao if he gets beaten by Spence.
Khan is a winnable fight. If Brook can beat him and then face Pacquiao, he would get two nice paydays in 2017 to help him in his retirement years. If Brook fights Spence, then there’s a good chance he loses to him, and that would finish his dreams of facing Pacquiao and Khan.
“Errol Spence Jr won two eliminator bouts to become the mandatory challenger, so he’s the mandatory,” Tucker said to skysports.com.”It was due on the December 26, but unfortunately Kell Brook got injured, so we have to give him some additional time. There is no deadline, we notify him in February to start the negotiations, and the ball starts to roll.”
Brook would win a lot of respect from the boxing world if he took the fight against Spence. The respect could come at a heavy price though, as Spence could beat him and maybe even re-injure his surgically repaired right eye.