Unbeaten Kell Brook put a frustrating number of months behind him last night in Hull, in stopping tough rival Carson Jones in the 8th-round of a largely one-sided fight. Looking “Special” indeed at times, Brook – who impressed with his left jab and his right hooks to the head – advanced to 30-0(20). Perhaps more importantly, is the “big name” an “excited” Eddie Hearn spoke of having lined up for Brook in Sheffield in his next bout in September.
Already, fans are wondering who this big name will be (Hearn is expected to make announcement this week). Brook’s main goal is of course to fight for and win a world title, but the September bout doesn’t figure to be a title shot. Instead, look for Brook to attempt to bag himself a valuable, statistically impressive win over a “name” and then get his long-awaited shot at world glory.
But who might the big name be in September?
“Sugar” Shane Mosley is a genuine possibility. This match-up has been floated around as a maybe before now, and with Mosley having returned to winning ways with his May points win over Pablo Cesar Cano, the 41-year-old might have been tempted to box in Europe for the very first time.
Julio Diaz was last seen losing a razor-thin decision to another British star in Amir Khan, and “The Kidd” did so well back in April that he might be convinced he has what it takes to go straight back in with a peaking would-be champion such as Brook.
Vyacheslav Senchenko has not boxed since ruining the comeback of British superstar Ricky Hatton in November of last year. Maybe the former WBA 147-pound boss from Ukraine has been offered another lucrative bout in Britain?
Other (long shot) possibilities:
Robert Guerrero, in his first fight back since losing to P-4-P king Floyd Mayweather Junior?
Randall Bailey, the one-time “Knockout King” and former IBF champ?
Andre Berto, after he gets past Jesus Soto Karrass on July 27th? This one would be very intriguing!