Kell Brook Denies Retirement Rumors, Wants To Fight Terence Crawford

The rumors of Kell Brook's impending retirement appear to have been greatly exaggerated. 

The former welterweight world champion and junior middleweight contender took to Twitter to quickly dismiss rumors circulating around social media that he is retiring soon. In fact, Brook stated his interest in going back down to welterweight and challenge WBO champion Terence Crawford.

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"I just wanted to address some speculation circulating around about my retirement.

I'm not sure where the reports have surfaced from but I have NOT retired. I have had some time away from the ring but me and my team have been proactively looking to secure them big fights. We went to New York because we want to fight Crawford. These are the level of fights that get me excited and I'd only ever want to bow out on a high, putting on an exciting show for my fans who have always shown me incredible support! If these BIG fights can be made, then I'd love nothing more than to dance again under them bright lights. 

So unlss and until you hear it from me, know that The Special One still has a few more special night in store for you guys."

Brook unsuccessfully challenged for the unified middleweight title in 2016, getting stopped by Gennadiy Golovkin in the fifth round. Afterwards, Brook returned to welterweight and lost his IBF title to Errol Spence Jr. back in 2017. 

Since then, Brook moved up to junior middleweight where he has won two straight, capturing the WBC Silver title. Brook, who is ranked in the top three by the WBC, WBA and WBO at 154 pounds, last fought in December 2018 when he defeated Michael Zerafa by unanimous decision. Crawford, on the other hand, has not fought since beating Brook's long-time rival Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden on April 20.

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