Brook world title fight back on: Alexander showdown pencilled in for February or March
22:08 GMT, 13 December 2012
Rising British star Kell Brook has been given a provisional New Year date for a big world title fight in America.
Golden Boy promotions are pencilling in either February 23 or March 2 as the rescheduled date for the injured Brook’s challenge to welterweight champion Devon Alexander in Los Angeles.
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Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn told BBC 5 Live: ‘Kell could have fought as planned next month but would only have been about 60 per cent fit after injury his ankle and missing road running.
'He is a little down in the dumps but in order to do himself justice, he can't fight on that day.
'I didn't want hundreds or thousands of Brits booking their flights to America and losing out.
'There's no way after all the work we've done, we can let a 60 per cent Kell Brook go into what is a 50/50 fight.
'It's not a terrible injury; he
turned it in Fuerteventura and he can't exert himself as well as the
strength and science guys want him to.'
Hearn continued: ‘We would prefer March 2 to give him more time to be 100 per cent for a fight as tough and important as this one.
'If it was up to Kell Brook, he'd fight but I have to intervene and listen to the experts.You cannot go out to America if you have any doubts in your mind.
'New York comes back into play and they're also talking about Detroit. We don't mind where we go but what does matter is that Kell is ready for the biggest fight of his life.'