Brook eyes British blockbuster against Hatton after snubbing Bradley showdown
14:03 GMT, 25 September 2012
Kell Brook has paved the way for an all-British world title showdown with Ricky Hatton next year.
The Sheffield welterweight, who
faces Hector Saldivia in Sheffield on October 20 in the final eliminator
for the IBF world title, comprehensively outpointed Ricky's brother
Matthew in March.
Impressive: Kell Brook outpointed Ricky Hatton's brother Matthew
And with the senior Hatton making his comeback in Manchester in November, Brook admits he would jump at the chance to complete the double.
'I will be watching Ricky Hatton's comeback with great interest as a fight against him next year would be an absolute blockbuster for British boxing,' he said.
'When I fought his brother Matthew you could see that the Hatton name still means a lot in boxing and we would fill a big stadium fighting for a world title.'
Brook, who is unbeaten in 28 fights, also revealed he turned down the chance to fight Timothy Bradley for the American's WBO title.
Blockbuster: Brook wants Ricky Hatton showdown
Bradley won a contentious decision against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas in June and was prepared to defend the belt against the Brit.
But the 26-year-old opted to continue his journey towards the IBF strap.
'The Bradley fight was put in front of me but I believe the mandatory position in the IBF is the right move,' Brook added.
'Eddie [Hearn] has worked hard to get me into this position and providing I beat Saldivia, I'll be fighting for a world title at the start of 2013 and it will be on my terms.
'I would love that to be in Sheffield too and I know Eddie would do his best to get it here as it would be an amazing event.'