Liam Smith is set to fight Chris Eubank Jr or Kell Brook in his next fight, possibly in December.
Eubank Jr was supposed to fight Conor Benn this month, although the event was called off after Benn failed a drug test. It left Eubank Jr considering his options.
Meanwhile, Kell Brook is considering an exciting return to boxing.
Brook, 36, announced his retirement in May, after defeating British arch-rival Amir Khan earlier this year.
But he has been thinking about coming back.
“Liam’s next fight I think will be either Kell, Chris or the world title,” BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom said. Sky Sports.
“There’s a lot of fallout from the Eubank-Benn situation that I think Wasserman [Eubank’s promoters] they are going through and who knows what they are going through now? But Liam Smith is now ready for his big fight, like I said whether it’s Kell, Chris or the world title.
“Now it’s the biggest fight for a lot of people,” Shalom added. “There are many options for Liam.”
Smith is 34 years old but the former world champion continues to play well. Hassan Mwakinyo announced his bail in the fourth round of their contest in September. Before that Smith stopped Jesse Vargas and Anthony Fowler, and only lost to Russian contender Magomed Kurbanov on a controversial decision.
Shalom said “He should have a big fight, he will also win the second world championship, so he wants to win another world championship as he wants big fights.”
“What he deserves since the Kurbanov fight in Russia, we feel that he has won, after the Fowler fight, the Vargas fight.
“His next fight will hopefully be the one that makes the profession clear and he gets better with age. Right now he’s everyone’s worst enemy.”
Smith can compete at middleweight or super-welterweight. Kell Brook is not only looking to make a comeback but is also making progress in weight.
“I think if he can get the right fights at the right weight, I think he’s tempted,” Shalom said.
“At least he doesn’t make decisions based on adrenalin what happened in February [against Khan] and he can waste his time planning what he thinks is the best for him.
“That’s what Kell is, he has to be on his terms.”
Brook has been a heavyweight for most of his career. His last fight against Amir Khan though was at 149lb. Continuing to lift weights may be better for him as well.
“154lbs will be perfect and obviously Liam is comfortable at this weight. I think Kell will be stronger at this weight. It’s easy to do,” said Shalom.
“For where Kell is in his career you don’t want to risk too much on weight and that’s why I think it’s probably the perfect fight.”
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