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Alan Draper
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Kell Brook announced his recent retirement from boxing but last week claimed he was willing to return to the ring if a blockbuster fight could be arranged, asking promoters to ‘show him the Benjamins’. Now in an exclusive interview with Safe Betting Sites UK, Brook has run through a few options for that return fight, including Connor Benn, Chris Eubanks Jr and Jake Paul. The Sheffield fighter also had some bold opinions on this weekend’s Joshua vs Usyk fight, and thinks that AJ will retire when he loses.

Highlights Of The Interview

  • Usyk will retire Anthony Joshua and end ‘disappointing’ career for AJ
  • Kell Brook wants return fight with Chris Eubanks Jr or Connor Benn
  • Kell Brook would fight Jake Paul if money was right
  • Brook vs Khan rematch won’t happen as “people don’t want to see”

Full Transcript Of Interview

Journalists note: Feel free to use all quotes in publications but please reference Safe Betting Sites UK.

Q: You said recently that, if someone were to “show you the Benjamins”, you’d fight again. Who would you like to fight if the money was right?

Kell: It’s got to excite me, it’s got to excite the fans. So it’s probably be one of the names that’s been announced just recently – probably a Benn or Eubank.

I’m retired but, obviously, if it’s really exciting… When you’ve done a sport for this amount of time, it’s hard to not still have my foot in the boxing world.

Q: Your previous fight carried a lot of excitement – I know Amir Khan is retired now, too – would another fight there interest you, or is that not exciting to you now?

Kell: It’s not really exciting to me now. If the fight were competitive, then maybe, but it were so one-sided, that I don’t think it would have the same appeal to the fans. They’ve questioned for a lot of years who would win out of the fight, and they got a one-sided fight, with me taking control from round one. So I don’t think it’d excite me enough to fight him, and I don’t think people would want to see it, either.

Q: You mentioned them earlier, but would you fancy yourself against the winner of Eubank-Benn?

Kell: I’d always fancy myself against any fighter. I’m a champion fighter, I’ve done it. Born winners, that’s what they believe – I believe that I’d beat both of them guys.

Q: And who wins out of Eubank-Benn?

Kell: It’s a good fight. I don’t like Eubank at all. I do like Benn, he’s a nice guy, but I’ve got a lot of respect for him. But I’m leaning towards Eubank in that fight – he’s just the bigger guy, he’s got more experience.

Benn’s not really at that level – but I don’t think Eubank is anything special. Anyone he has been in with who’s been a good fighter, they’ve beat him. Billy-Joe beat him, George Groves, these fighters.

I just think they’re both about the same level in big fights and experience-wise, so I’d lean towards Eubank in that fight, just for his size, chin, and work-rate.

Q: You mentioned there that you’re not too fond of Eubank, does that mean that a fight against him would be more exciting for you than a fight against Benn?

Kell: It doesn’t really come into it. I watched the press conference and seen that Eubank said round one to him, obviously trying to get under Connor’s skin. Sometimes it can work in your favour, but people said my back were up against Amir Khan, but look how I performed in the fight.

If Eubank did want to wind me up, he’d think that he’d get one over me, but when it came to fight night, it’d just make me train harder and make me more composed when we did fight.

Let’s not get it twisted, I am retired, but those fights do excite me, I’m not going to lie.

Q: If you want to fight in an interesting fight, and there’s a lot of money involved, YouTubers seem to be an opportunity. How do you feel about the Jake Pauls of this world – would you be interested in something like that, could you be tempted?

Kell: If it makes business sense, of course – I’ve put a lot of years into this game. It’s about excitement, it’s about the money, and it’s obviously about being appealing for the fans. So, of course, if it makes sense, I’d get in with Jake Paul.

Q: And do you fancy yourself to beat someone like Jake Paul?

Kell: Of course. I won’t be sitting here now saying to you that I’m not going to win against any fighter. Put me in with Anthony Joshua, I believe that I’m going to win. That’s the mentality of a champion and a winner.

Q: And what’s your take on YouTube fighters? They garner a lot of attention, they’re becoming a big spectacle, are you into it?

Kell: I’m not really into it, these YouTubers who just jump into boxing and get that attention. They’ve not dedicated their life to the sport like us real fighters who have done it since we were kids and learned the craft for years. It’s everything, we put our life and soul into the sport.

My respect is for the fighters who live and breathe it and are so passionate about it – not the guys who have millions of subscribers and jump to the sport and all the fans just follow them to boxing and they take it like it’s a game. Boxing’s not a game.

Q: Is there a risk that they pick the wrong opponent – a legit opponent – someone’s going to get hurt aren’t they in this YouTube world?

Kell: Absolutely, that could happen. They could pick the wrong opponent and you never know what’s going to happen in the sport of boxing, so it’s a possibility, yeah.

Q: OK, we’ll move on from your retirement and potentially fighting again… to another man’s retirement and potentially fighting again. Tyson Fury said he’s definitely retired this time, a few days after calling out Chisora, and changing trainer, is he done?

Kell: I don’t know with Tyson Fury. He’s a fighting man from birth. Is he going to retire? Me personally, I don’t think so, no. I think that he’s so good I don’t believe no heavyweight on the planet currently can beat him. It’s up to him. Should he retire? Me personally, I’d like to see him in with Anthony Joshua. I’d like to still see him fight, because he’s entertaining, he sings after a fight, he’s got it all. He’s an entertaining man, so I won’t like him to retire. But if that’s his decision with his family, I understand it, because I know that myself.

Q: Given what you said about how good he is, the opportunity in the next year for him to unify that division with the winner of the Usyk-Joshua fight, that must tempt him, surely… it’d tempt you, right?

Kell: Course it would. It’d tempt any man. He’s earned an absolute fortune. So it’s got to excite him. Will he come back? I don’t know. You don’t know with Tyson Fury.

Q: If we daydream a little bit and imagine he does fight Anthony Joshua, this year or next year, how do you see that fight going?

Kell: I see Tyson Fury just doing what he wants in the fight and beating Anthony Joshua very easily, in my opinion. I just think that he moves like a Welterweight, he’s a big seven-foot something shark basically, and he glides around that ring. You can’t buy experience, you can’t buy the game that he’s known from being born.

Q: Obviously, AJ to even get to that stage has a pretty big fight coming up next weekend – how do you see that going?

Kell: To be honest with you, I see Usyk beating him again. Unless Anthony Joshua comes out and he puts it on him from round one and uses his size and strength. You’re not going to out-box Usyk, so he’s got to use his size, he’s got to go out there and put it one him and make a statement. But if he starts being hesitant, and waiting for him, and letting him get into his groove, then it’s Usyk all night in my opinion.

Q: The clips I’ve seen of Usyk this past week, he looks like he’s bulked up massively. What does that mean for the fight?

Kell: It means that, in their opinion, they think that AJ is going to come out and put it on him, so they want to be able to use his strength and his power and lean back into Anthony Joshua, and not be a light, Cruiserweight-looking fighter. He wants to physically come in like a heavyweight and be strong and use his size and his strength in that fight.

The only way, in my opinion, that Anthony Joshua can win is to use his strength and his power and put it on him in that way. In a boxing match, it’s Usyk all day every day.

Q: And this fight feels like a bit of a crossroads for AJ. If Fury has retired, there’s an opportunity to unify the division, like he said he would quite a long time ago. Does that add pressure to a fighter?

Kell: There’s going to be pressure there. I don’t think his mind is going to be on that. His mind is going to be on Usyk, his mind’s going to be on beating him. When you’re at that level, and I believe he’ll have done everything he can in training, he’s going to make sure he’s ticked all the boxes that need ticking, he’s not going to be thinking anything past that fight. He’s going to be worrying and thinking and looking at executing his gameplan in the fight that he’s got with Usyk.

Q: What would defeat mean for Anthony Joshua?

Kell: He’d have been beat twice by Usyk – will people want to see him again? I don’t know. He could retire.

It’d be down to him. That feeling of this big Anthony Joshua, before he got beat, with the people behind him. Him losing again it just disheartens all the fans, and they just move on to the next fighter, don’t they? That’s what happens. Human nature.

He could retire if he did get beat, because he wouldn’t have the x-factor anymore, basically.

Q: From very early in Joshua’s career – whether it was his choosing or not – there was a lot of talk around him, a lot of expectation. If he does lose to Usyk, how do you surmise his career, would he be a bit disappointed?

Kell: I believe he would be disappointed with his career. He’s beat some good fighters, but he’s not beat any great fighters. The Ruiz loss and the Usyk defeats. I don’t think he’d go down as anything great, would he? He’s not done anything that would put him on that pedestal. I think he’d realise that himself as well.

Q: Errol Spence, Terence Crawford – two names you’re very familiar with – if and when that fight gets made, who wins?

Kell: That is a very good question, because I’ve been in with both of them, but styles make fights. Errol Spence is a natural southpaw. It’s a very good match-up. Me being orthodox, if I were a natural southpaw, it’d be a different fight.

Crawford has improved massively. Look what he did to Shawn Porter – his resume speaks for itself, he’s got rid of guys. If you’re looking at resumes, you have to go with Terence Crawford – recently, with the car crash for Errol Spence, too.

I’m going to be tuning into that, because it’s one of them that you have to see. It can’t be missed, that fight. Who would I pick? You’d have to start thinking about Terence Crawford, but if you ask me next week I might say Errol Spence. It’s tight, it’s one of them that you’ve just got to watch, it’s going to be so exciting.

Q: You’ve been in with both of them, depending on how that fight went, could there be something there for you, to be tempted back by?

Kell: I don’t think so. I don’t think them welterweight limits are something that I’d be excited by to get down to.

Q: Out of the other Welterweight candidates, is there an obvious successor to these two?

Kell: Jaron Ennis. I think that he’s the future in the Welterweight division, I really do. I think he’s going to be the next king. He’s very exciting, he’s looking the part.

His boxing skill, his size, his power, he’s a great finisher. He hasn’t put a foot wrong so far.

Q: You were one of Matchroom’s biggest PPV stars – is there a relationship breakdown with Eddie Hearne? What happened there?

Kell: Not really. He just had that many fighters, and obviously the thing that happened with me and Eddie – we never really fell out, but in the height of COVID, I got the opportunity to fight Terence Crawford, and challenge for another world title. And, basically, he didn’t want to buy the fight because he wasn’t really involved in making it.

That’s where there was a little bit of a disagreement on certain things, but I had to look out for myself. He’s got all these fighters, I have to look after number one. If nobody’s making me a fight, I’m gonna make the biggest fight I can make – especially in the height of lockdown – and fight Terence Crawford, who’s arguably one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world.

It was an opportunity for me. Obviously, I would’ve liked it to have been on Sky – Eddie was with Sky at the time – but he just didn’t want to buy the fight, he didn’t want Sky to air it. I wanted him to be involved, but that’s just the way it is in the game, it’s a business. I had to look out for me, and that’s it.

There’s only one live and one chance at this sport, and I want to be remembered as fighting the best, never shying away from a fight, and that was my opportunity to go out to America and challenge Crawford for the world title.

Q: As someone from the outside looking in, it seems a shame, first and foremost, that Eddie didn’t want that fight – does that baffle you, or do you just draw a line under it now?

Kell: I draw a line. At the end of the day, me and Eddie started together. We started Matchroom excelling real quick. Me, Carl Froch, and Darren Barker were the original three. And obviously we took it to a different level. Then all the other top fighters came on board and the brand grew to what it is today.

Me and Eddie are good. We’ll always be good.

Q: How is life being an ex-boxer treating you?

Kell: I don’t have to feel guilty when I have a chocolate brownie anymore. I don’t have to start thinking I need to get in the gym and getting those pounds off. It’s just more laidback. I do feel like ‘what do I do next?’ because all I’ve ever done is boxed. Now, retiring, I’ve just tried to keep myself busy, spent a lot of time with my kids, tried to improve my snooker and table tennis, and going out on my MotorCross bikes.

I still pop down to the gym and have a chat with Dominic and the lads down there. I do miss the game. I think that I will be involved, maybe commentating, training fighters, managing them – I’ll always have an involvement in boxing.

Q: Which of those routes would you fancy most? It sounds like you’re open to trying all three. Is there one you’re more naturally suited to?

Kell: I’ve been with many different promoters, and I believe I’d be good at managing fighters. I’d be good at them all.

Training fighters, having banter with them in the gym, I know what it takes, and what you need to do in that gym to become champion. I believe the fighters would listen and I’d be able to push them, and we’d have a good relationship. Training is up there.

And commentating, I can get involved there. A fighter from my gym, Johnny Nelson, he’s one of the best Sky’s got – so doing it and being around it more, practice makes perfect, and you get into a groove a bit.

Q: Can I ask you a stupid question about fight night when you’re not fighting – how do the nerves and the pressure compare when you’re doing punditry on the sidelines of a fight compared to walking out for a fight? Do you get nervous at all?

Kell: I do, yeah. Believe it or not, sometimes I’d rather fight than actually commentating. On big occasions, on big nights, when there’s a lot of people there waiting for you to talk. But they want to hear you, they’re passionate fans, and they want to hear what you’ve got to say, so you’ve just got to put that to one side and talk to the fans and be direct.

Q: When you look back on your career as it is, what fight or moment is proudest for you?

Kell: You’d have to say Shawn Porter. Went to America, his backyard, and winning the fight, and them shouting “and the new…”. It was just amazing, the dream coming true from nine-years-old. Any fighter, when they first tie their gloves up, they want to be world champion. And to finally hear those words, you can’t put really put it into words, the feeling. It was unbelievable. So I’d have to put that as number one, the greatest moment in my career.

Q: How long does it take to sink in – your whole life you’ve worked towards this and suddenly it’s true – did it take you a while to realise?

Kell: It does take a while – months and months and months – for it to really kick in, for you to look around and think ‘I’m champion of all the world’. Even saying it now, it still puts a smile on my face. It takes a long time for it to sink in but, when it does, you realise you’ve worked so hard to get to that position, but now you’ve made it, you’ve climbed that mountain, you’re on top, you’re number one, you’re champion of the world.

Q: And who was your toughest opponent?

Kell: There’s a few. There’s Lovemore N’Dou, the first time I went 12 rounds, I remember hitting him and it was like hitting a rock, his head was so hard. So tough, so durable.

I’d have to say Golovkin. He’s got a chin like granite. I remember lifting him up with this uppercut and him looking at me and just smiling. I remember thinking ‘shit, what’s wrong with this man?’ – he was still walking forward after a shot like that, he was very tough, durable.

Carson Jones was so tough and durable. He got hurt at times, but he kept coming.

But it’s got to be Golovkin with how tough he is, just with how crude he is and walking through shots, and keep coming forward, that Kazakhstan that he’s got in him. A chin like granite.

Alan Draper
Alan Draper

Alan is an expert sports betting writer who specializes in football, cricket and tennis.

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