Kell Brook’s next battle at Sheffield United’s ground?

Juan Manuel Marquez
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Sheffield Arena might not be big enough for Kell Brook’s next fight, says promoter Eddie Hearn.

He is offering Brook as bait to Mexican legend Juan Manuel Márquez who wants to win a world title in a fifth weight class.

Sheffield’s Brook became IBF welterweight champion in August - and that’s a trinket 41-year-old Márquez might like to add to his trophy cabinet before he retires.

Hearn said: “I’d love to make Brook-Márquez in the spring. I’ve reached out to Márquez ‘s team, he’s looking to win world title in five different weights and we’re willing to give him the shot. It’s a massive fight, Márquez is a huge name in world boxing.

“I’ve spoken to HBO and it’s a certainly a fight they would be interested in,” Hearn said.

“We’ve reserved Sheffield Arena for March 7, but a Márquez fight would require a bigger venue. Now we are just waiting for a response from his team to see if it’s a fight that can be made” he told Boxing Scene.

If the Arena, stage of Brook’s battles against Vyacheslav Senchenko, Hector David Saldivia, Carson Jones and Matthew Hatton, is not deemed the appropriate size, Sheffield United’s ground could again pop up as a contender.

Márquez’s trainer, Nacho Beristain has mixed views on Brook, saying the Sheffielder has good technique, but like Shawn Porter’s camp, he claims Brook “holds a lot.”

He said: “I think it’s a good fight for Juan. If he continues fighting, hopefully he can [get that fight] because he would get the opportunity to get to get the fifth title.”

Márquez is the third Mexican (after Erik Morales and Jorge Arce) to become a four-division world champion, winning seven world titles in four different boxing weight classes. He has had four epic battles with Manny Pacquiao.