Kell Brook believes he’s close to a finalized deal to face WBO welterweight titleholder Terence Crawford, telling Sky Sports that his team and Top Rank are looking at a mid-November date for the bout.
The 34-year-old Brook (39-2, 27 KO) is a former welterweight titlist himself, but has fought his last three bouts — two in 2018 and one in February of this year — have been fought over the 147-pound limit, and there is some question about how he’ll do fighting at 147 again for the first time since a 2017 loss to Errol Spence Jr.
But Brook is confident that his power and overall skills are something Crawford has not faced to date:
“He’s an elite-level fighter but he’s never been in with anyone as strong, powerful, quick, and with the timing I possess. I think he knows that too. Nobody at 147 can take that right hand from me when it lands flush!”
As for coming to the U.S., Brook admits that Crawford (36-0, 27 KO) has the right to want the fight on “his turf,” and that he also has no problem with that, having come to the States to beat Shawn Porter for a belt back in 2014. Brook also believes it would be one of the great wins in British boxing history if he does indeed dethrone the 32-year-old Crawford.
This definitely looks like the fight we’re getting for Crawford in 2020, though, really no question about that anymore unless somehow this totally falls apart. That’s not impossible, but Top Rank just don’t have anyone even close to as good an option as Brook is right now, which maybe says more about Top Rank’s options for one of their star fighters than anything else.