Brook set to face Alexander
Kell Brook will set aside his desire to knock-out Amir Khan in order to fulfil his dream of winning a world title, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
The unbeaten Sheffield light-welterweight last month earned the right to be the IBF mandatory challenger with a third-round demolition of Hector Saldivia, but suggested afterwards he may opt to pursue a domestic grudge match with Khan instead.
But after talks with Hearn, the 26-year-old looks set to head stateside in January for a fight with current belt holder Devon Alexander, who won the title last month with a points win over Randall Bailey.
Brook and Khan have made no secret of their dislike for each other over recent times, and an all-British tear-up would no doubt sell out many an arena.
Hearn has told his man that fight can still happen, but has advised him to take on Alexander first.
"We've agreed terms in principle with Golden Boy to take the fight on the 19th of January and now we'll progress to contracts," he said.
"I don't see any problems with making that happen, the only thing that won't happen is for it to be in St Louis, which is Alexander's home town, so it'll be New York or Las Vegas and it'll be a great fight."
Brook's win over Saldivia was the final instalment of a trilogy of bouts at the Sheffield Arena this year, with interest in him increasing over the course of victories over Matthew Hatton, Carson Jones and finally Saldivia.
"Kell wants to make a statement," Hearn added. "He's served his apprenticeship, he's filled arenas in Sheffield, got to the mandatory position and now it's time to take a punt, and what a big punt. He's a great fighter, Alexander, and if you beat him, you set yourself up as a superstar and for some mega fights, so that's why we're taking it."
One of the mega fights Hearn refers to is a match-up with Khan. The Bolton man, currently rebuilding his career after a high-profile split with trainer Freddie Roach, has openly told Brook to step-up in order to fight him.
Hearn, though, thinks Khan will have to dance to Brook's tune should the self-styled 'Special One' return from America with a title.
"Kell wants to fight Amir Khan so badly, but you have to tell him that can happen down the line," he said.
"I saw Amir Khan come out and say 'if Kell wins a title I'll fight him'. It's not his decision. If we win the title, we'll decide and dictate on our terms. Khan and Kell are great fighters, it's one the British public want to see and it has to happen."