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Brook turns focus to securing unification fight

Kell Brook, left, retained his welterweight title with a TKO victory over mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier in March. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

After Kell Brook took out soft-touch mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier, dropping him twice in the second round and stopping him in an utterly one-sided fight on Saturday in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, England, he once again said what he has said since winning the belt via decision from Shawn Porter in August 2014.

Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) said he wants a big fight, preferably a title unification fight. No waste-of-time fights against the likes of Bizier, Frankie Gavin and Jo Jo Dan -- the opponents he has faced in his first three defenses.

“I have power that can knock anyone out,” Brook said. “I want to train for a fight when I have a threat on my hands. I’d love the Danny Garcia fight, the Jessie Vargas fight, I’d take the Keith Thurman versus Shawn Porter winner, the Timothy Bradley versus Manny Pacquiao winner. I want them all.”

Any of those opponents would be better than Bizier, whose status as a mandatory challenger was highly questionable.

“He couldn’t stand up to the power,” Brook said. “I have got the mandatory out the way, and now I want that massive fight.”

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said he will focus on landing a major summer fight for Brook.

“We had to fight Kevin Bizier, but it’s what he does to these fighters. He’s a beast,” Hearn said. “Kell needs to prove that he’s the best welterweight in the world, but no one wants to fight Kell. I want to bring the big fights to Sheffield, and we’ll be putting the money up to bring the best over here. There’s so many options for Kell, and he wants to unify the division.”