Eddie Hearn insists he will fight to ensure Kell Brook gets to face Devon Alexander
Last Updated: February 15, 2013 10:53pm
Promoter Eddie Hearn says he will "fight tooth and nail" for fighter Kell Brook as doubt was cast on his world title fight with Devon Alexander.
Sheffield-born boxer Brook, 26, was due to face Devon Alexander for the IBF belt in Detroit on 23 February but the American withdrew on Monday citing a bicep injury, a second postponement after Brook had cancelled their original 19 January date with an ankle problem.
Floyd Mayweather Jr created further confusion on Monday after claiming he was close to signing a deal to fight countryman Alexander.
Writing on his official Facebook and Twitter pages, the unbeaten 35-year-old, widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, said: "The negotiations for my fight are almost done. The front runner is IBF Champion Devon Alexander. It'd be a unification bout at welterweight."
Brook is the mandatory challenger to Alexander's IBF belt and with the scheduled fight due to have been in just 17 days' time, contracts had been signed and tickets sold, so Hearn is eager to clarify the situation.
"My thoughts on the @SpecialKBrookMayweatherAlexander situation. Number 1 we have a signed contract to fight Devon Alexander for the IBF Title," said the Matchroom boss on Twitter.
"Number 2 If they want Alexander v Mayweather to be a unification they would have to ask for an exemption from the IBF which is very unlikely given we already have signed contracts AND any exemption would have to take place within 90 days of last bout."
The IBF later confirmed it would not sanction a unification fight, saying it had "not received any requests or information from either camp."
Hearn also questioned Alexander's team, Golden Boy Promotions, about their involvement in the matter.
"We questioned the injury and now we await news from @GoldenBoy Boxing which, given the news they are looking to enter the UK promoting market, should be interesting," added Hearn.
"We will fight tooth and nail for @SpecialKBrook and thanks for your support. More news soon."
Golden Boy have yet to comment, although their official website contains a story from 4 February claiming a new date was being sought for Alexander to fight Brook.
Mayweather, for whom any fight will be his first since being released from prison following a charge of domestic abuse, is thought to be lining up a May 4 show in Las Vegas.