Kell Brook 'edging closer' to sealing welterweight world title fight against superstar Terence Crawford in Las Vegas

KELL BROOK is "edging closer" to finalising a deal to challenge welterweight champion Terence Crawford in November.

Brook has not fought in the 147lb division since losing the IBF title to Errol Spence Jr, 30, in 2017.

And despite three wins at light-middleweight, the 34-year-old is plotting a move back to welterweight to challenge WBO title holder Crawford.

Talks are ongoing between Eddie Hearn and Bob Arum of Top Rank for a fight Brook hopes will take place in Las Vegas.

He told Sky Sports: "Talks are progressing and we feel like we are edging closer.

"My team have been in regular dialogue with Bob Arum.

"He assures us that both him and Crawford are bang up for it, so hopefully we can get it over the line and give the fight fans something to get excited about and to close 2020 in style.

"Crawford is the champ so rightfully they want the fight stateside, Vegas has been discussed.

"It suits me though. I have always wanted to fight in Las Vegas – the bright lights of 'Sin City'.

"I've dethroned a welterweight American world champion in his own back yard before – I look forward to doing it again.

"Date wise Bob Arum is looking at mid-November so tell Sky Sports to get the sparklers ready, because I'll be bringing the fans fireworks!"

Brook was close to finally agreeing to fight rival Amir Khan last year.

But Khan, 33, instead opted to face Crawford, 32, losing by fifth round stoppage in April 2019.

Brook is adamant he has the power to upset the 36-0 unbeaten American, and feels they are both at a similar stage in their careers.

He explained: "I'm feeling sharp, I'm feeling good. I've never felt so good this far out from a fight.

"People talk about the age factor, but overlook that Terence will be 33 himself by the time we fight. There isn't much between us.

"I look at the time that's passed as becoming a more mature fighter now and the knowledge and experience I have, for me, make me bang ready for an even more sensational performance.

"He's an elite level fighter but he's never been in with anyone as strong, powerful quick and with the timing I possess. I think he knows that too.

"Nobody at 147 can take that right hand from me when it lands flush!"

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