The Brit faces a straightforward task against Michael Zerafa on Saturday, but will then be in line to take on a monster
Kell Brook fights Australia’s Michael Zerafa on Saturday night in Sheffield, with a tougher foe potentially just around the corner.
This weekend’s bout has now been upgraded to a WBA super-welterweight final eliminator, meaning the winner will become mandatory challenger for unified WBA and IBF world champion Jarrett Hurd.
The dangerous, 23-0 American is renowned for his relatively gargantuan size in the context of the super-welterweight division. This is because he has previously blown up to over 190lbs between fights before then getting back down to the 154lbs limit.
Standing at 6’ 1”, Hurd outsizes all of his opponents at super-welterweight by far. Brook meanwhile has only just moved up from the weight class below.
However, there is no guarantee that Kell Brook vs Jarrett Hurd is the next bout for both men.
While the potential mandatory brings the fight closer, it is no assurance that it will happen as the Brit may look to head in another direction or the American may be given time to have another optional fight beforehand.
Brook is clearly still targeting a bout with long-time rival Amir Khan at present, however Khan is now looking in the direction of Terence Crawford instead, meaning the Sheffield man might move back down to welterweight in search of another big name.
It is rumoured Hurd is planning a title defence early next year, before then taking on WBC champion Jermell Charlo with the aim of collecting another belt.
Before any of this, Kell Brook must first overcome Michael Zerafa in what is expected to be a comfortable victory for the Brit.
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