Via Adam Baskin: Coach Dominic Ingle said Kell Brook is showing interest in nearing retirement to potentially face the winner of the October 8 fight between Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn.
Ingle said former IBF weight champion Brook (40-3, 28 KOs) has been showing up at his gym a lot lately and he feels a bit embarrassed.
Whether 36-year-old Brook will be able to get Eubank Jr-Benn winner remains unclear. If that’s the condition for Brook’s return, then whether it will happen or not.
It’s hard to imagine Brook returning to try and work for the title title at 147 at this stage in his career. Brook last fought in February, stopping Amir Khan in the sixth round in a match that was years past his sales deadline.
Brook had wanted to fight Khan for over a decade, and he finally got there when interest from the boxing public was meager. Brook’s punching power looked as good as ever in that win. There is no noticeable difference from earlier in Brook’s career.
If Brook is to come back, fighting winner Eubank Jr-Benn will be a great battle for him if he can win it. If not, Brook needs to decide if he has any idea of winning one of the world titles at 147 or 154.
It’s unlikely Errol Spence Jr would entertain the idea of a rematch with Brook since he knocked him out in 2017 and there was no fan interest from the US boxing public in the second bout. .
Likewise, Terence Crawford knocked Brook in four innings in 2020, and he won’t waste a fight by throwing a bone at Kell because the fight won’t sell on PPV in the US.
“You never say never. He walked into the gym. He was last week, and he was this week. He’s training and is fine,” Dominic Ingle told Boxing Kind Media about Kell Brook’s possible return.
“He has a few public events where he is speaking, but he has told me he is having a bit of a hard time. The more he watched the Benn-Eubank story, the more he seemed to be laughing.
“He said, ‘Eubank is taking me out of that fight because of the weight. He is the older one. On paper, he’s the better fighter. What’s wrong with him? Why did he lose his pen? ‘
“So maybe he talked to Ben Shalom and Sky about the winner of those two, I don’t know. Today he came to practice twice. Who knows what the outcome will be,” Ingle said of Brook.