Exclusive: Kell Brook calls for winner of Liam Smith vs Chris Eubank Jr as ‘Special K’ discusses what it would take to tempt him back into the ring
- Kell Brook is willing to return to the ring if a fight ‘excites him’ enough to do so
- One fight that ticks that box is the winner of Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith
- Brook would also be open to facing Conor Benn but only if he clears his name
Kell Brook affirms he is ‘happily retired’ but is willing to return to the ring if the ‘right fight’ presents itself.
When the Sheffield puncher walked away from the sport following a stoppage victory over Amir Khan last year, it was the perfect finish to a glistening career.
After multiple failed attempts to the make the fight happen, Brook had finally put the fearsome rivalry to bed, and did so in emphatic fashion.
But they say a fighter’s spirit never dies and it is certainly no different in this case.
The former IBF welterweight world champion is toying with the idea of a comeback fight and revealed that the winner of Liam Smith vs Chris Eubank Jr would ‘excite him’ enough to step back between the ropes.
Kell Brook says he is ‘open’ to making a comeback if he is offered a fight that ‘excites him’
Brook retired from professional boxing shortly after stopping Amir Khan in February 2022
Brook is very keen on the idea of facing the winner of Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith next
Speaking to Mail Sport courtesy of Free Bets Ireland, he said: ‘It’s not really on the cards, it got talked about. I’ve told the world that I’m a retired fighter but if something comes along that excites me I’m willing to listen and maybe have a comeback fight.
‘But it’s got to be something exciting that makes me want to train hard for a fight instead of just going through the motions.
‘It needs to be someone that gives me that adrenaline and I’m a prizefighter so I’ve got to get paid well. So, it’s got to make sense in every, every avenue for me to actually step through those ropes again.’
When asked which fight would tempt him back into the ring, he replied: ‘On the British scene, for me, it’s the winner of Liam Smith and Chris Eubank Jr.
‘I could get up for that fight, another big fight is Conor Benn but I’m not sure what’s happening with him with this verdict.’
Eddie Hearn had floated around the idea of Brook and Conor Benn fighting each other in ‘the Destroyer’s’ next fight.
However, Brook insists he would only entertain it providing Benn clears his name.
Benn is awaiting the verdict of UKAD’s investigation into his failed drug tests last year ahead of the long-awaited grudge match with Eubank Jr.
Kell Brook insists Conor Benn must clear his name first before entertaining that fight
If found guilty, the 26-year-old is facing a potential ban of up to two years but has maintained his innocence throughout the process.
‘It’s been talked a little bit about but obviously I don’t really want talk to someone, who’s got that hanging over him,’ Brook added.
‘There was a bit of pushing and shoving in Dublin when he bumped into me while I was having my interview and there’s certainly an appetite there.
‘It’s a fight that I could definitely get up for because he’s the villain and it would be a fight where I’m the superhero, people want him to get a hiding and I’d happily dish it out.
‘It’s a fight that definitely excites me but he has to get cleared first.’