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Brook heading for January 19 bout with Alexander

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Kell Brook finished Hector Saldivia in his last fight © PA Photos
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Kell Brook's camp has "agreed in principle" to a January 19 fight with Devon Alexander for the IBF welterweight title.

Brook made himself the mandatory challenge when he destroyed Hector Saldivia in three rounds last month. That set him up for a meeting with Alexander, who beat Randall Bailey to claim the IBF belt.

However, the situation is not completely straight forward, with Alexander's camp questioning Brook's reputation, while Brook himself had expressed interest in a fight with Amir Khan.

Promoter Eddie Hearn, though, expects his man to challenge for the championship after holding talks with the Alexander camp. Hearn even felt confident enough to name a date.

"We've agreed terms in principle with Golden Boy to take the fight on the 19th of January and now we'll progress to contracts," he told Press Association Sport.

"I don't see any problems with making that happen, the only thing that won't happen is for it to be in St Louis, which is Alexander's home town, so it'll be New York or Las Vegas and it'll be a great fight.

"Kell wants to make a statement. He's served his apprenticeship, he's filled arenas in Sheffield, got to the mandatory position and now it's time to take a punt, and what a big punt."

Hearn also took a dig at Amir Khan, who has constantly claimed he would have to step down a level to fight Brook. On more than one occasion Khan has told Brook to come knocking when he has a world title, but Hearn believes the Bolton man will soon be chasing the Special One.

"Kell wants to fight Amir Khan so badly, but you have to tell him that can happen down the line," Hearn said.

"I saw Amir Khan come out and say, 'If Kell wins a title I'll fight him'. It's not his decision. If we win the title, we'll decide and dictate on our terms. Khan and Kell are great fighters, it's one the British public want to see and it has to happen."

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