Eddie Hearn envisages Kell Brook taking on the likes of Saul Alvarez as he guides the world champion into his 30s.
The Matchroom promoter wants two or three more fights at welterweight for the Sheffield world champion before moving up to light middleweight.
Brook, 29, takes on Argentinian rough-house Diego Chaves at Sheffield Arena on October 24, a defence of his IBF belt at 10st 7lbs. “We want Timothy Bradley next,” said Hearn, of the interim American WBO champion.
“That is another belt for Kell towards his aim of unifying the division. I talked to Kell the other day and he is 100 per cent keen on eclipsing Floyd Mayweather’s record. In two or three fights he will move to light middleweight.
“I have already had a sneaky inquiry from an American TV network over ‘Canelo’ [Alvarez].”
Brook is concentrating on the job in hand though, the defeat of challenger Chaves: “In some ways this is a no-win situation for Kell. He is under more pressure in this fight than when he went to America to beat Shawn Porter,” said Hearn.
“Chaves is a tougher fight than Porter. Chaves might not be as big a name as Brandon Rios but Kell would walk through Rios and Chaves is a much more difficult fight. Kell doesn’t always get the credit he deserves.
“When he beat Jo Jo Dan [fourth round stoppage], people said his opponent wasn’t an elite boxer - but nobody had ever done to him what Kell had. You should have seen Dan’s face after the first round, it was as if he was saying: ‘This guy is a beast.’”
Meanwhile, Nicki Smedley is to return to boxing after a lay-off stretching back to May 2011. He will compete on a Stefy Bull bill at Doncaster Dome on November 28.
Smedley, highly rated by Amir Khan’s father, Shah, says he is serious about a comeback. Smedley’s dad Chris, a trainer, said: “He knows this is his last chance.”
Smedley disappeared off the scene after losing an English light welter title fight to Durham’s Nigel Wright at Hillsborough.