Cash and venue blow looms for Sheffield world champion Kell Brook

Kell Brook celebrates victory over Kevin Bizier with promoter Eddie Hearn (left) and his dad, Terry.
Kell Brook celebrates victory over Kevin Bizier with promoter Eddie Hearn (left) and his dad, Terry.
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Kell Brook may have to settle for a double disappointment if his fight with Jessie Vargas is confirmed this week.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has reiterated that American Jessie Vargas will get the lion’s share of the purse if the WBO/IBF welterweight unification battle is inked.

And there is gathering uncertainty over whether Brook will get what he’s always wanted - an open air show at his beloved Sheffield United stadium.

Vargas is happy with the amount offered somewhere north of $1.7m - nearly three times what he received in his bout with Tim Bradley.

But Hearn admits Brook is “p***d off” that nothing has been firmly established.

“He is not going to sign to fight for a couple of hundred grand; he made much more than that fighting Kevin Bizier” Hearn said on IFL TV.

“Brook is going to take the small-end here to get the fight that is right for his career.”

Hearn said Vargas “wants an absolute fortune” to come to the UK.

“I don’t blame him, I would too. He’s coming to fight the number one welterweight in the world. In order to put that money up for Vargas, Brook has to take a smaller end - probably less than he should be making for this fight.

“You can’t expect a fighter to just say: ‘Oh just pay him some more, don’t worry about me. I’ll box for nothing because the fans wants the fight.’ He’s taking small money for this fight because he wants to be unified champ.”

Meanwhile, with the date of the potential fight yet to be made clear, the chances of Bramall Lane as a venue are reducing.

The football season starts on August 6.