• Welterweight

Mosley being lined up for Brook

ESPN staff
March 23, 2012
Shane Mosley, once discussed as the planet's pound-for-pound king, has not won a fight since January 2009 © Getty Images

Promoter Eddie Hearn thinks Marcos Maidana, who Amir Khan defeated in December 2010, would be an ideal opponent for Kell Brook - but he is also hopeful of enticing American legend Shane Mosley into the ring.

Brook is looking to step up into elite level following his hugely impressive dismantling of Matthew Hatton, the former European welterweight champion, last weekend.

In the aftermath of that victory there was a clamour for Brook to face Khan - but the former light-welterweight world champion is currently tied up with preparations for a May rematch with Lamont Peterson.

So Brook must look elsewhere for now - and a meeting with Maidana, the huge-hitting Argentinean with 28 KOs in his 31 victories, would give him an opponent in common with Khan, which is sure to capture the Bolton fighter's attention.

But Maidana is not the only name on Hearn's radar: Mosley, who has not won a fight since January 2009 yet remains a lucrative name, is also a possibility. However, the 40-year-old is scheduled to face Mexican sensation Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez on May 5.

"Maidana would be a dream fight," Hearn told Sky Sports. "There's certain issues but he still holds the WBA light-welterweight title despite his loss at welterweight to Devon Alexander. All those kind of names - Maidana, Paulie Malignaggi, 'Sugar' Shane Mosley - they're the names you want to bring out.

"Of course I can bring them over. With the support of Sky Sports and 10,000 fans, you can generate the numbers to bring over the big names - it makes things a lot easier. Brook is still learning. I know that's frustrating for people to hear but we need to choose the right fight at the right time and now it's a case of stepping up to that world title level."

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