Pound for Pound world No1 Floyd Mayweather Jnr has praised new British world champion and welterweight rival Kell Brook after the Sheffield man outpointed his fellow American Shawn Porter to claim the IBF world welterweight title at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California just twelve days ago. (Aug 16th)
Multi weight world champion Mayweather (46-0, 26KOs) currently reigns in the 147lb division (WBC and WBA belts) and was full of admiration and respect for Brook (33-0, 22KOs), before, during and after his fight with Porter, saying Brook, 28, was a true gentleman, after Brook had visited his gym, and ‘Money’ didn’t rule out a unification match-up with the unbeaten Yorkshireman down the line.
Mayweather is set to face Marcos Maidana first on September 13th in a rematch and Brook is lined up for a big homecoming title defence on December 6th at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. (opponent TBC)
Mayweather, 37, explained the fight between Brook and Porter was hard to watch for him because of split loyalties “You know, the fight was very, very hard to watch.” Mayweather told www.fighthype.com.
“The guy Kell Brook came to my boxing gym I think 5 days before the fight and watched me spar a little bit. Cool guy. A true gentleman, he earned it the hard way.”
“After that many fights, whether it’s against tomato cans or against top opposition, you’re going to have some type of experience to be able to go 12 rounds, and you have to be able to fight just a little bit if you beat everybody that they put in front of you. So congratulations to him and I wish him nothing but the best,”
Asked if a fight with Brook was on his radar any time soon? Mayweather added: “Well, I already know who I’m fighting September 13th. As of right now, I don’t know who I’m fighting in May and I don’t know who I’m fighting next September, but you know I gotta take just one fight at a time and my focus is Maidana.”
Before Brook gets any fight against Mayweather, he may first have to come through compatriot Amir Khan, who himself has designs on fighting Mayweather. A fight between Brook and Khan has been gathering pace for sometime and would be one of the biggest British fights to ever be staged, possibly even outdoing the recent Carl Froch-George Groves 80,000 capacity Wembley show some suggest. read more on this here…
Brook v Khan with the winner facing Mayweather next year? That sounds like a nice plan!
Brook is set to headline his home town arena in the first defence of his IBF world welterweight belt on December 6 at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.
Opponents being considered to step in with Brook are: Robert Guerrero, Josesito Lopez, Andre Berto and Brandon Rios.
Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly are also expected to clash on that bill too in a grudge rematch between the bitter light-heavyweight rivals, who now both contest at cruiserweight. They first fought in 2011, with Cleverly winning a close points decision to retain his WBO light-heavyweight belt. It was a close fight and the bitterness between the pair has lingered since.
Also touted to appear in Sheffield is Carl Froch’s mandatory challenger James DeGale who will look to keep sharp knowing a domestic mega fight with ‘The Cobra’ could await him next year.