Kell Brook Willing To Come Out Of Retirement For Conor Benn
The Brit has been out of the ring since his retirement following the win over Amir Khan in 2022. The win capped off a successful career as the boxer was the former IBF welterweight champion. His only three defeats came at the hands of elite-level fighters: GGG, Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford.
Despite that, Brook has been open to a return. Following his retirement, the boxer admitted suffering from mental health issues, the news of which was disclosed following a leaked clip showing him inhaling what appeared to be cocaine. After that, Brook remained active in the gym in case any comeback offers arrived. While the boxer is now content, he did not rule out a return for a big name.
“Unless they come serious, I’m happily retired with my pipe and slippers. I’m the biggest name. If I come out of retirement and announce I’m fighting one of them two, we’ve got a sell out straight away so, you know, it’s there. Yeah. I think so. [And] I could get out of my silk sheets for that [Benn fight] and train hard. I don’t know if they [Eubank and Benn] are fighting each other but I’ll be watching,” Brook said
For that to happen, Benn must clear his name with the BBBofC and UKAD following his two failed VADA tests for Clomiphene. The boxer is currently prevented from boxing in the UK despite the National Anti-Doping Agency removing his UKAD suspension. The BBBofC and UKAD appealed the decision to remove the suspension. And provided that Benn wins the appeal, then those mega-domestic clashes, including one with Brook, can occur.
Crawford On Ennis
Elsewhere in the welterweight division, Terence Crawford has distanced himself from facing Jaron Ennis by referring to him as an ‘email champ.’
Boots was upgraded to a full IBF welterweight champion after Bud was stripped for failing to defend his undisputed title against his then-mandatory. Crawford had become the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era when he defeated Errol Spence Jr.
Since he was contractually bound to face Spence in a rematch, the IBF stripped the fighter since he avoided Ennis. That earned Ennis the title of the so-called ‘email champion,’ something which Devin Haney first had to contend with.
That was then followed up by Tim Tszyu as the Australian became the full WBO champion at 154 after Jermell Charlo was stripped for fighting Canelo Alvarez instead. But rather than fight Ennis, Crawford focused on Spence and then bigger fights later down the line.
“It’s not ideal how he [Ennis] would want to win [the IBF title]. I know he is disappointed he couldn’t win it from a champion. If I were him, I would tell them [the IBF] I want to fight for it. I would rather fight the number three guy if I couldn’t get the other guy [me]. But it just seems like everybody is cool with being email champions,” Crawford said
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