Lou DiBella, American boxing promoter believes Kell Brook could get the opportunity to unify the welterweight division in a fight against Keith Thurman, should he defend his IBF title against Errol Spence Jr successfully.
The British boxer will face mandatory challenger Spence Jr this year, with Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane a possible location.
Thurman holds the WBC and WBA belts after his points win over Garcia on Saturday. And DiBella believes a fight with Brook is key to deciding who is No. 1 in the division.
“Keith is the kind of guy who will fight the biggest and best fight that is put in front of him,” said DiBella. “He’s not a guy that walks away from anything. Let Kell and Errol fight first and then see what happens.
“I think right now the best fights are being made in the welterweight division. The best are fighting the best. You have obviously Brook and Spence. You have [Andre] Berto fighting [Shawn] Porter.
“There are a lot of good fights being made at welterweight and I think there is going to continue to be a process of elimination. I would guess that by the end of 2017, or early 2018, that one guy is going to emerge as the man.”
Thurman has already set his sights on the Brook-Spence Jr winner as he wants to add the IBF belt to his collection.
Speaking after his split decision win over Garcia, he said: “Do I wanna see three world titles strapped around any one of the welterweights in the welterweight division? Yes, I do.
“Why? Because Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman is not just a boxer, but a boxing fan.”