IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn is making it clear that he doesn’t intend on negotiating the fight against Brook’s challenger Errol Spence Jr. if that fight takes place next rather than his preferred fights against Manny Pacquiao or Amir Khan.
Hearn has been saying repeatedly recently that the purse split for the Brook vs. Spence fight will be 75/25. In other words, Hearn isn’t going to attempt to negotiate the Brook-Spence fight. He’s going to let it go to a purse bid.
The International Boxing Federation’s purse bid splits go at 75/25. Brook will end up taking the lion’s share of the loot for a Spence fight. However, another reason why Hearn might keep mentioning the purse bid split of 75/25 is to turn Spence’s management off about the Brook fight.
“The only downside was the injury,” said Hearn to Fighthype.com about Brook coming off of a broken right eye socket from loss to Gennady Golovkin. “But that’s been fixed. All is well. He’s back training and we want to see him box Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao or Errol Spence. He won’t vacate the belt. It’s a 75/25 purse split. We’ll win the purse bid.”
I wonder what Hearn really thinks about the Brook vs. Spence fight. Hearn has got to have some major concerns about whether Brook’s surgically repaired right eye socket will hold up under the pound of Spence’s big power shots. Spence is a huge puncher, and Brook isn’t going to take a tune-up before that fight. Brook and Hearn have already asked for and received a medical extension by the IBF. That’s nice, but it’s not going to keep Spence away for good.
That fight still will need to take place in the first half of 2017, and that’s coming up fast. If Hearn doesn’t find a way out of the Spence fight for Brook, it means it’s going to happen. That good be bad news for Brook, because this fight isn’t nearly as big a money fight as a match against Amir Khan or Manny Pacquiao.
Those are the guys that Hearn wants to match Brook against. If Brook can keep winning long enough, he has a good chance of getting a fight against both of those guys. As boxing fans already know, Brook lost his last fight to middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. The reason Brook didn’t take too much heat about that loss was because he was injured and because he was facing the best fighter in the 160lb division. In other words, it was a win-win situation for Brook in taking the fight against Golovkin.
There was no way that the 30-year-old Brook would take heat from a loss to Golovkin, because he was moving up two weight classes to take the match. But if Brook loses to Spence from his own weight class at 147, then the boxing public will realize that he’s just another fighter in the division and not in the upper echelon. That’s why I think Hearn is going to try his best to weasel out of the Spence fight so that his money fighter Brook doesn’t get whipped by Spence. Like I said, we don’t know if Brook’s surgically repaired eye will hold up under the pounding it’s going to take from Spence.