Brook won’t surrender world title belt

British world champion Kell Brook will not surrender his IBF welterweight title and wants a unification contest in 2017.

Brook stepped up two weights to face middleweight king-pin Gennady Golovkin in September and suffered a five-round defeat in an epic showdown against the Kazakh fighter.

But after returning to training following surgery on a damaged eye socket, Brook is prepared to continue at welterweight next year and defend the title he won in 2014.

Brook is eyeing mega-money unification showdowns, although American Errol Spence Jr could be his next opponent.

“I had a meeting with Eddie [Hearn, promoter] yesterday and told him I am not prepared to give up my title,” said Brook, who has also been challenged by fellow Brit, Amir Khan.

“I know there are options at middleweight and I may even be more suited there but I am not willing to give up what I fought so hard for.

“I want the unification fights but if they aren't there then it will be Spence next for me in a big UK show.”

Hearn added: “In an ideal world, he would unify the division against Manny Pacquiao but the Spence fight is also one that really excites him and fight fans.

“That could be a big fight here in the UK and with the 75-25 split in place, we would be very confident of bringing that fight to Sheffield.”

 

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