Chris Eubank Jr vs. Kell Brook is ‘huge fight’ if they agree ‘realistic’ weight, says promoter Ben Shalom | boxing news


Chris Eubank Jr needs to drop five pounds to secure a fight with Kell Brook, promoter Ben Shalom has said.

Eubank Jr has called out Brook following his brilliant grudge match stoppage victory over Amir Khan.

Brook is a former world welterweight champion (147lbs) who beat Khan at 149lbs, but Eubank Jr operates at middleweight (160lbs) so a weight disparity is an issue to agree terms of fight.

“The fight is very realistic, but only if they are both realistic about the weight,” said promoter Ben Shalom.

“Brook is happy to be realistic going from 149 pounds to 154 pounds or 155 pounds.

“But Eubank Jr also has to be realistic. And that means going down to 155 pounds.”

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Brook is still abuzz after picking up the TKO victory over longtime rival Amir Khan in their grudge match last weekend

The rivalry between them started in 2016 when Eubank Jr was in talks to fight Gennadiy Golovkin.

Brook eventually took the fight with Golovkin instead – he bravely moved up two divisions to middleweight but lost via stoppage and suffered a fractured eye socket.

“Brook made a mistake with Golovkin and won’t make the same mistake again at this point in his career,” Shalom said.

“He showed he was ready to come back to fight Eubank Jr.

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“But Eubank Jr needs to lose weight. If he can, it’s a huge fight.”

Conor Benn also became an option for Brook in his natural welterweight division.

“Brook has a lot of options now,” Shalom said. “He just won a huge event with huge interest.

“He still showed up in very good condition.

“Eubank Jr fought for world titles, Benn didn’t. Eubank Jr is a bigger name. So you can say there’s more for Brook.”

“There’s definitely a bit of a needle there!”

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Nisse Sauerland of Wasserman Boxing, who promotes Eubank Jr, hopes a compromise can be found on the weight limit for a grudge fight with Brook.

But Eubank Jr is also open to fighting world champions such as Golovkin or British rival Billy Joe Saunders after his recent victory over Liam Williams.

“If you look at what Kell says, the five pounds to get to 160, that’s not all and everything,” Sauerland said. Sky sports.

“It sounds a bit like an excuse. I think five pounds isn’t the biggest deal, but I’m sure there’s a discussion to be had. But I don’t see [Eubank] Junior goes down to 155, unless he cuts his arm.

“Obviously Kell Brook is a massive fight, there’s definitely a bit of a needle that started there too. But of course there’s also Golovkin-Murata. We’ll be watching the winner of that.

“We are also monitoring [Zhanibek] Alimkhanuly, the WBO way. you have [Jermall] Charlie, the Billy Joe [Saunders] fight, which would be absolutely massive and a few other options that we’re looking at as well.”

Brook’s last fight?

Shalom says Brook will make a final decision about his future, which could even lead to retirement.

“It’s up to Kell to decide. If he retires now, he’ll be retiring to a very, very happy place and I expect him to consider that option,” he said.

“But again you have people like Chris Eubank Jr, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Conor Benn all calling him out because he’s the fight for the money now.

“He’s sold out arenas all over the country, he’s the biggest name at 147[lbs] in the UK right now which is available for combat. Whether it’s 147 or if he goes up to 155 to fight Chris Eubank Jr, he has big options.

“But again, it’s up to him and he will take time with his family. Maybe we will see the retirement of a sports legend.”




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