Kell Brook looks set to make a surprise voluntary defence of his IBF welterweight title on May 30 against Frankie Gavin in London.
Following Brook’s four round demolition of mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan last month, talk centred on a big name opponent for the Grenoside fighter.
Fierce rival Amir Khan dodged the long mooted blockbuster bout between the two while summer contests against the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez, Marcos Maidana and Timothy Bradley were all touted.
But it appears the honour of next challenger to Brook’s throne will fall to Birmingham fighter Gavin with the fight to take place at London’s O2 Arena on a packed card which could now become a pay-per-view event on Sky.
Gavin is currently pencilled in to face Chris van Heerden for the IBF International title in Birmingham on May 9.
Answering a fan question on Twitter yesterday, the former world amateur champion said van Heerden would be compensated if the fight did not happen.
And in a statement the IBF confirmed Brook is able to make a voluntary defence against a top 15 ranked fighter any time before October 28.
Gavin is currently ranked fifth with the IBF.