Kell Brook put an emphatic end to his long-standing rivalry with Amir Khan last weekend, stopping his compatriot in six hectic rounds at the Manchester Arena. But what’s next for Special K?
Retirement is certainly an option for the Sheffield native and after all he has achieved in the ring, nobody could blame him. However, some decent paydays remain for Brook and there’s a number of potential suitors to step into the opposite corner should he wish to fight on. Below, we take a look at three candidates.
Could Kell Brook step straight into another all-British grudge match? Chris Eubank was ringside for Brook’s victory over Khan and ‘Next Gen’ was quick to call out the former IBF welterweight champion.
Speaking to Sky Sports in the aftermath of Brook’s win, Eubank said: "He's proven tonight that he still has the spice. Now I wanna see how spicy he can get with me because I'm not Amir Khan.
Eubank’s feud with Brook stems back to 2016, when Eubank Jr saw talks to fight middleweight king Gennady Golovkin collapse. Brook jumped two divisions to face GGG in his place - losing in five rounds and suffering a fractured eye socket in the process.
"We have history, “ Eubank continued. “He's the reason I didn't fight Gennady Golovkin and I've never forgiven him for that."
Another son of boxing royalty who was put on notice following Brook’s win. Conor Benn posted a picture on Instagram alongside a beaten Khan post-fight, captioned: "We agreed I’d take care of business for him."
The Destroyer then went onto talkSPORT the next day to reiterate his desire to fight Brook, saying: "I fancy that fight next. I just messaged my trainer. I fancy that fight next. That’s what I said.
“If I have to wait, I will wait. If I don’t, then I don’t. I just want that fight.
“He claims to be the best in Britain. He looked unbelievable tonight, he looks in shape, he looked great on the scales.
“Now that is me challenging myself against a former world champion who claims to be the best.
“Idols to rivals, that’s what it is.”
Kell Brook's trainer, Dominic Ingle, urged BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom to make a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr after his charge’s excellent win.
"There's got to be some good fights out there, I'm thinking Mayweather. Get Mayweather out of retirement and we'll make that fight.
"If it can be made, Ben, you're the man apparently. Get in touch with Floyd.
"Whether it's an exhibition or a fight, whatever it is, it's something that you can probably do."
Mayweather, 45, hasn’t fought professionally in about half a decade and while you can never say never, the 50-0 star is reportedly lining up Dubai rich kid and YouTuber Money Kicks as his next fight. We can’t imagine Brook will be facing Floyd any time soon, given the calbre of recent and upcoming opposition.