A RIB injury forced Kell Brook to withdraw from an October IBF welterweight defence against Diego Chaves. He won’t be able to fight again until next year but he could go straight into a unification clash with WBO champ Tim Bradley.
“He won’t be ready until the end of January [or] February so we’ll look to reschedule the Chaves fight or go straight into Bradley and a unification… Probably March/April here,” promoter Eddie Hearn told Boxing News. “Bradley’s a very realistic fight, they’re interested in the fight.
“He’s fought all the top boys, he’s never been overpaid, he’d get a huge pay day for Brook but he will lose. So that might factor in, Rios for $1.9 million is a lot different from fighting Brook for $1.9 million.”