On March 3rd Kell Brook debuted in the 154lb division, scoring a second-round stoppage over Sergei Rabchenko, and claiming the WBC Silver title as the spoils of war.
After Brook’s victory in March his promoter Eddie Hearn outlined their plan to compete for a world title by the winter of 2018.
“There are some world-class fighters at 154lbs,” said Hearn, speaking to Sky Sports. “The champions [at 154lbs] are all elite, and there are some brilliant other fighters in the top five, but Kell can beat them all and be the man, Brook is a bigger name than Charlo, but he’s the champion, so make us an offer.
“Rabchenko is a world-class fighter, but he’s not elite level, Kell proved he’s an elite-level fighter, and we need another step-up in June or July, and then we’re ready for the big stuff in the winter.”
So, as Kell prepares to mount a challenge for a world title in a second weight class, who could we see him square off against this summer?
Eddie Hearn may see Kell’s stablemate, Sam Eggington, as the perfect opponent for Kell before they push for a world title shot at 154lbs.
Eggington will contend a stay-busy fight against Ryan Toms on the undercard of Khan vs. Lo Greco in Liverpool on April 21st. Should Eggington emerge victorious (and he should), a domestic dust-up with Brook could be served up as; the main event of a summer showdown in Sheffield, or the perfect co-main event on Anthony Joshua’s next outing.
Julian ‘J-Rock’ Williams has bounced back from his only career defeat against former IBF super-middleweight champion, Jermall Charlo, claiming wins over both Ishe Smith and Nathan Gallimore in the past six months.
As a former super-welterweight title contender, Williams would be the perfect stepping stone for Brook as he aims for a title shot against Jermell Charlo later this year.
Such a fight could even be ordered as a final eliminator to face Charlo, by the WBC. Williams is currently ranked number two by the WBC, and Brook, the WBC Silver Champion, sits at number four.
At 39, the veteran super-welterweight, Ishe Smith, has squared off against some of the top 154lb fighters of recent years, including; Danny Jacobs, Erislandy Lara, and Vanes Martirosyan.
Smith’s experience, name, and standing within the division would allow Brook to make the transition from newcomer to world title contender within the super-welterweight division.
Brook could also jump to the number one spot in the WBC rankings with a win over Smith, also ranked in the top 15.
Maxime Beaussire is an all-action pressure fighter, boxing out of Caen, France.
Beaussire, the current EBU European Union Super Welterweight Champion, is arguably the most fan-friendly fighter on the list and while he has yet to compete on the world stage a showdown with Brook could prove to be an action-packed contest.
Harrison is a former world-title contender and ranked in the top ten of the WBC.
Harrison’s only defeats came at the hands of the respected operators, Willie Nelson, and Jarrett Hurd. The latter having stopped Harrison in their IBF super-welterweight world title contest. However, Harrison has quickly bounced back from his defeat to Hurd, claiming wins over Paul Valenzuela Jr, and George Sosa in the past six months.