|Brook and Jones head-to-head at press conference.|
The reason for this is that Jones is ranked at No.3 and Brook at No.5 so it is only fair that the man in the middle gets a shot at becoming the number one contender for the IBF world title.
The vacant IBF title was captured by 37-year old 'Knock-out King' on the undercard of the Bradley-Pacquiao fight last Saturday (June 9th). Bailey pulled off a fantastic comeback to become welterweight champion of the world for the second time. He was behind widely on points and the only way he could win was if he pulled off one of his trademark knockouts in the last round. And that's exactly what he did. In the eleventh round he delivered a one-punch knockout that sent Mike Jones crashing to the canvas, to win the fight.
If the winner of Jones Vs Brook agrees to another fight before their compulsory bout with Saldivia, they will be removed from the eliminator and immediately dropped out of the top 10.
This is a bit of bad news for British fan favourite Kell Brook as he wanted to capture a world title as soon as possible. He has won just about every other title available at lower levels and he now wants to prove that he is a top fighter in the world right now. He will just have to wait a little longer to do so.