Kell Brook is eyeing up (excuse the pun) a potential return to the ring against Miguel Cotto before the year is up.
The Sheffield-based fighter is on the come back trail after sustaining a fractured eye-socket in his defeat to Errol Spence Jr in May.
In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Brook said, “As you’ve seen in my last two fights, I want to fight the best.
“I like the ones where not many people give me a chance, ones that excite and ignite the fans, so of course, Cotto, (Saul) Alvarez and even (Gennady) Golovkin again are all ones I’d like to jump in with.”
“I want to be in a huge fight like the last two. It depends if he fancies the job. We know he’s a warrior but it depends what’s in his sights and how he wants to end his career.”
“If I was him I’d want to fight someone like me because our styles would gel and it would be a fantastic fight for the fans. That is the way I’d go and that’s the fight I’d want. But of course, I don’t speak on behalf of Miguel Cotto.”
“I am in that elite category, the highest in boxing. I want to be in a 12-round fight, in a sell-out arena, with me topping the bill.”
Cotto has moved down in weight to the super-welterweight division were he will fight for the vacant WBO world title against Yoshihiro Kamegai at the end of August.
Brook has been back in the Wincobank gym but is still way off fight ready.
“I have been back in the gym, but only for a little spell because I just wasn’t ready,” he said.
“To have those two, tough losses on the bounce, I am not in a rush to get back to the gym, to be honest.
“I have put the working in over the years and have had those two losses and eye injuries to I want to make sure I am healed properly and have got the eye of the tiger again.
“I need to be firing on all cylinders, not half-hearted. I want to make sure I am ready to go back.”