Kell Brook acknowledges that Floyd Mayweather is doubtful to be his opponent when he fights on September 12 but preserves hope that the legendary Floyd Mayweather Jr will step in and try to unify the welterweight division.
Brook who is the IBF king, beat Frankie Gavin on the 30th of May in his last fight at the O2 Arena. The British fighter is now pursuing the big-money clash with Mayweather (48-0-0-KO26) along with Amir Khan and Keith Thurman.
The Legendary Mayweather, 38, who has fought all his 38 victories within America and lately identified his potential next opponents to be either Karim Mayfield or Andre Berto. However, Brook still believes that Mayweather will change his mind to fight him instead, and in a recent interview he laid down a challenge to Mayweather.
In that Interview, the Sheffield born fighter was asked about Rios, who looks set to be his next opponent, he said: “Yeah we’re very close to making that fight happen now and it looks like it’s going to be September 12.
“There’s also another fighter who wants to fight on that day and that’s Floyd Mayweather Jr. If he wants to compete at welterweight and unify the division then it’s a natural choice to fight me.’’
“He’s boxed at a really high level against Manny Pacquiao but is now talking about other names that bring nothing to the table. Me, I’m unbeaten, I bring a world title to the table and I believe I can beat Floyd.’’
“You never know with Mayweather. He’s got the rest of the titles and I’ve got the IBF title so it makes sense. I’m unbeaten and I think it’d be a massive fight, Britain against America. I think it’s a big, big fight.
“If I were him, I’d keep well away from me. I am hungry and I want to take that zero and turn it in to a one. People would really be excited about that fight. There’s me and Keith Thurman that can cause Mayweather problems.
“I’d love to take the task of beating Floyd Mayweather. I’m going to be ready for September 12 whether it’s Rios or Mayweather.”
“It’s looking like it’ll be the O2 in London. It’s a fantastic arena and I got a fantastic reception there last time.”
August 2014 was when Brook defeated Shawn Porter in California to win his title, so if he was to get a fight with Mayweather, even though it seems highly unlikely, it would highlight his rapid progression in the last 12 months.