Kell Brook ended his long feud with rival Amir Khan with a comprehensive victory over his domestic rival in Manchester, England. The 35-year-old dominated the fight, stopping his opponent in the sixth round. It was Brook’s first appearance in the ring in two years. He was in excellent shape for the fight and he showed he can still be a sizeable force in the welterweight division. Here is a look at some of the viable options for the British boxer next.
Errol Spence Jr
All three of Brook’s defeats in his professional career have come against world class operators, including Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford.
The 35-year-old may be hoping for at least one more world title opportunity in his career. Spence Jr holds the WBC and IBF belts in the division. Brook will face WBA champion Yordenis Ugas next, where he is odds-on favourite at -350 in the boxing betting for that fight. If the defending champion comes through that test, a rematch with Brook could take place.
Spence Jr has won over Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter and Mikey Garcia over the last few years. He is running out of opponents at welterweight, so Brook has just as much chance as any of the leading boxers in the division.
Chris Eubank Jr
If it is another domestic showdown Brook wants, Chris Eubank Jr could be the perfect opponent for him. The pair have exchanged heated words in the past. Eubank Jr’s stock is high at the moment, following his victory over Liam Williams.
Eubank Jr has been fighting at middleweight, so Brook may have to step up a division to take on the former IBO champion. It’s a fight, like the Khan one, which would generate a lot of interest in the UK.
A clash between Eubank Jr and Brook could be marked as a world title eliminator. The winner would be in a strong position to fight for a major belt after it.
Although he did not hint that retirement was on the cards following his huge victory over Khan, it cannot be ruled out. The former welterweight champion has achieved so much in the sport, with 40 wins going his way during his professional career.
Given what was on the line in the Khan showdown, most notably to settle a feud which has lasted over 15 years, it could be difficult for Brook to have a training camp as good as the one he just embarked on.
Brook is likely to consider all the options that come up over the next few months. If none appeal to him, or if he does not agree with the financial terms, he could turn them all down.
If he decides to continue, it will be fascinating to see if Brook can repeat what he showed in Manchester. If he can do that, there could be much more life left in his boxing career at the top level.