Kell Brook received some good news this afternoon from the IBF, the governing body has ruled that current champion Shawn Porter can fight for strap against Paulie Malignaggi on the agreement that the winner will need to face Brook next.
The Sheffield fight has maintained his steady progress rising up the IBF rankings, with the help of promoter Eddie Hearn he has managed to manoeuvre his fighter in to position to become mandatory challenger.
The IBF has also ruled that Porter-Malignaggi fight must take place by April 19; the winner will then be required to face Kell Brook within 90 days.
Should the fight between Porter and Malignaggi fail to materialise, Brook will be next to face Porter.
Out of all the governing bodies at welterweight, promoter Eddie Hearn has positioned his fighter to become mandatory challenger with the IBF, a title fight for that governing body would prove a lesser threat to Kell compared to the other champions in that division.
Eddie Hearn has done well to get Brook to where he is now, another world champion from Matchroom Promotions could be on the cards.
The 27-year-old returns to ring on Saturday when he faces Alvaro Robles in a ten-round clash at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, first he needs to get past Robles, then after that bout Brook can set his sights on the IBF title fight.
“The IBF wrote to me last week to confirm that IBF champion Shawn Porter had asked for an exemption to fight Paul Malignaggi on April 19, 12 days outside of the restricted period,” said Hearn.
“We asked that if the exemption be granted then it should be accompanied by certain requirements, the most important of those being that both fighters in the proposed April 19 bout must agree in writing to face Kell within 90 days of the bout or by July 19.
“We received confirmation from the IBF today that the exemption would only be granted under a number of conditions including the above. It is great news for Kell after a frustrating period, and he just has to take care of business on Saturday night then I am sure Britain will have another World champion by July 19.”