Kell Brook has revealed he was close to taking a fight with WBO
welterweight champion Timothy Bradley but chose to take the
mandatory route with the IBF.
Brook takes on Hector Saldivia for the mandatory position for
the IBF welterweight title at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on
October 20, a route the Sheffield star and his promoter Eddie Hearn
decided was the right move for the 25-year-olds career.
Brook came through a gut check against Carson Jones in his last
outing at the Motorpoint Arena in July, and he believes the
mandatory route could lead to a mega fight in 2013 against the
returning Ricky Hatton.
"The Bradley fight was put in front of me but I believe the
mandatory position in the IBF is the right move," said Brook, who
is back in Sheffield after a two week training camp in Spain.
"Eddie has worked hard to get me into this position and
providing I beat Saldivia, I'll be fighting for a world title at
the start of 2013 and it will be on my terms.
"I would love that to be in Sheffield too and I know Eddie would
do his best to get it here as it would be an amazing event. I will
also be watching Ricky Hatton's comeback with great interest as a
fight against him next year would be an absolute blockbuster for
"When I fought his brother Matthew you could see that the Hatton
name still means a lot in boxing and we would fill a big stadium
fighting for a world title."