- Kell Brook v Carson Jones
Kell Brook eyeing Alexander after Jones
Eddie Hearn has laid out the plan for Kell Brook's future, revealing he expects to set up a future fight with Devon Alexander once the Brit has defeated Carson Jones this weekend.
Brook is one of the brightest talents in British boxing and, at 26 years of age, remains unbeaten in his professional career. He is expected to beat Jones on Saturday, after which a meeting with Hector Saldivia is on the cards for a shot at IBF welterweight champ Randall Bailey.
The pressure is on for Brook to start racing through the sport's bigger names, and he has even been linked with the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. But Hearn insists fans of the Sheffield fighter need to stay patient.
"I know everybody wants Kell Brook to go and fight Floyd Mayweather tomorrow but the guy is 26 years of age," Hearn said.
"There is no tearing rush. I want to make sure we're in a position this year to fight for a world title but what is so important to us is that Kell Brook becomes a mandatory challenger for a world title.
"We're not prepared to take two or three-fight options for small money in return for a voluntary shot. We want to work our way into a mandatory position. So if that takes an extra fight or an extra two months, it doesn't bother me in the slightest.
"I hear Devon Alexander is going to fight Randall Bailey, the champion, at the beginning of September. We'll take the winner, but we'll take them as a mandatory, so there are no ties, we don't have to take a ridiculous purse and meaning we can go and win the world title and then effectively we're a free agent.
"It's so difficult to manufacture a world title shot, particularly in this division. That's why we want to become a mandatory.
"It's a big fight anyway. I expect Alexander to beat Bailey so Brook v Alexander, probably some time in December, is going to be a huge fight. He's got to beat Saldivia first - he's got to beat Carson Jones even before that - but we're confident of winning both."
Jones and Brook certainly have not seen eye to eye in the build-up to their weekend battle, and the Brit stepped up his verbal assault on Jones on Tuesday.
"I notice Carson's slimmed down and looks trim but that big head of his hasn't shrunk down," Brook said. "We're going to be hitting that big head on Saturday and hurting him.
"I don't like the kid. I can't wait to knock you out. You've been beaten before whereas I don't think I've even lost a round. You sure aren't going to touch me. You're going to get smoked."