Kell Brook Backs Terry Flanagan / Set To Announce Opponent This Weekend

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Following his victory over American Jose Zepeda on Saturday, that saw Manchester’s Terry Flanagan become the first Englishman to win a lightweight world championship, Sheffield’s IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook has spoken out to iFLtv to congratulate him, as well as to promise his own announcement regarding an opponent is imminent.

Brook, who was assisted by Flanagan in the run-up to February’s destruction of Romanian Jo Jo Dan, said of the Manchester fighter, whose win came via Zepeda dislocating his shoulder in the 2nd;

“I’m over the moon for the kid. He were helping me out for the Jo Jo Dan fight. Most of my sparring partners come for a day or two, then we don’t see owt of them. But with Terry it was brilliant work what we done together.”

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Robert Garcia Frustrated / Brook v Rios Off ?

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After everything seemed to be on course for IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook to be defending his title against Brandon Rios in London later this year in London, Rios’ trainer Robert Garcia has spoken to fighthype.com to suggest that the fight could now be off.

As recently as a fortnight ago, Garcia told the channel he was confident the fight was a “go” and that earlier contractual obstacles over the type of gloves to be used and the money on the table had been ironed out, after Rios’ manager Cameron Dunkin had held talks with Brook’s team, including promoter Eddie Hearn.

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Kell Brook: I Believe I Can Beat Floyd Mayweather

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There is still a degree of uncertainty surrounding September 12th for Britain’s IBF 147 lb champion Kell Brook. While mooted to be facing American brawler Brandon Rios on that date, the Sheffield fighter is still one of the names in the hat as a potential Floyd Mayweather opponent on the same date – and has spoken out to Sky Sports to insist that he is one of the few fighters out there able to cause Floyd real problems in the ring should that be the fight that comes off for him.

With Bob Arum recently suggesting the choice lies with Rios himself as to whether or not he ends up traveling to the UK to fight Brook, it’s clear that “The Special One” is keeping his options open.

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Bob Arum Casts Doubt On Brook v Rios / Eddie Hearn Believes It A Go

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It has been assumed now for some time that Brandon Rios will be traveling to the UK in September to challenge IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook on the same date Floyd Mayweather fights his 49th and ‘final’ fight – the 12th.

However in a chat with assembled media at the Bradley/Vargas presser, Arum has now spoken out to insinuate the fight perhaps isn’t as near to done as we think.

Earlier this week Rios’ trainer Robert Garcia told fighthype that as far as both he and Brandon were concerned, Rios’ manager Cameron Dunkin had done a solid job negotiating terms and that both fighter and trainer were happy with what was on the table.

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Keith Thurman: ‘Brook Deserves Mayweather Over Amir Khan’

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He enjoys a considerable base of support here in the UK – and top American welterweight Keith Thurman, who boxes Luis Collazo next month on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN – has spoken out regarding the “Mayweather September Sweepstakes” to suggest that if it is not he who gets the call to face his countryman and P4P star for “Money’s” 49th fight, then British IBF champion Kell Brook is more than deserving of the opportunity.

Speaking to BehindTheGloves.com Thurman also went as far as to suggest that Brook’s domestic rival Amir Khan – who has been publicly chasing a Floyd fight for over 2 years – has yet to show he truly belongs at 147 and thus is not as deserving a challenger.

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Kell Brook v Brandon Rios Almost Set For Sep 12th / The Next UK PPV

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One of the worst kept secrets in boxing over recent weeks has been that Britain’s IBF 147 lb champion Kell Brook is set to defend his belt against American brawler Brandon Rios sometime later this summer – most probably on the 29th August in Brook’s home city of Sheffield or on September 12th at London’s O2 Arena.

While Brook himself has been noticeably quiet over the rumors, Rios and trainer Robert Garcia have been quite the opposite, with both vocalizing their discontent regarding negotiations for the contest, citing money and Rios being unable to use his preferred Everlast MX gloves as potential sticking points.

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Robert Garcia : Unhappy With Brook v Rios – ‘They Think They’re Mayweather’

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If trainer Robert Garcia is to be believed, then the proposed Kell Brook v Brandon Rios dust-up could have hit the skids already. The proposed fight for the Brit’s IBF 147 lb title is ostensibly on course for August 29th in Sheffield – and all the noises from Rios himself and both Matchroom Sport and Top Rank have been positive thus far as negotiating the fight goes.

So it’s probably a good job that Brandon’s trainer Robert Garcia isn’t in charge of making it happen, as following his disappointing trip to England 10 days ago, in which his fighter Evgeny Gradovich dropped his IBF 126 lb strap to Lee Selby , the Oxnard based trainer has spoken to fighthubtv to accuse Brook’s handlers – Eddie Hearn & Matchroom Sport – of diva-ish behavior saying that from his experience of dealing with them things weren’t positive.

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