Smith eyeing British showdown with Brook

September 20, 2016

The Liverpool fighter lost his WBO light-middleweight title after being stopped by the impressive Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in the ninth round of their exciting clash at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas on Saturday night.

And with Sheffield star Brook also coming off the back of a defeat by one of the world’s best in Gennady Golovkin with plans to fight at light-middleweight, it seems an obvious match.

Brave Smith said: “If I got offered the fight, yes, obviously I’d take it.

“I have just fought Canelo Alvarez, I’m not going to say to no to fighting Kell Brook.”

Smith sparred Brook in preparation for this fight, but he suffered a cut over his right eye in training with the Sheffield fighter and it was one of the two which opened up during his fearless display against the Mexican.

He will now rest and let the wounds – both physical and mental – heal before making a decision on his future following his first career defeat in 25 fights.

“We’ll let the cuts heal and make our way back towards a world title,” he said.

“It would be an attractive fight. If the money is right for both of us, let’s do it, if not, we’ll go our separate ways and try and get a world title.

“It would be better if there was a world title on the line. It’s hard to put me and Kell Brook top of the bill for the money we’ll both want for no title.”

Promoter Frank Warren would be up for making the fight but Smith’s trainer Joe Gallagher has “no interest in Brook” and believes his man will be fighting in America from now on after this stirring display.

“I don’t think you will see him fight in the UK again,” Gallagher said. “HBO have been on to Frank saying they want him back, there are great fights to be made like Miguel Cotto in the 154 lbs division.”

Alvarez revealed afterwards that his team offered WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Golovkin $10m to face him next September just over 30 days ago but have not had a response.

But the Kazakh’s promoter Tom Loeffler insisted only preliminary discussions took place as it appears the world will have to wait for the highly-anticipated clash.


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