Eddie Hearn is claiming Miguel Cotto turned down the opportunity to face Kell Brook this summer.
Miguel Cotto was offered a super fight with welterweight titleholder Kell Brook at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the summertime but turned it down, according to Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, who handles Brook. HBO was behind the match-up, but Cotto’s promoter, Roc Nation, turned it down, according to Hearn, who pitched the idea. Roc Nation did not immediately return an email for comment.
“That would have been the perfect, perfect fight,” Hearn said. “HBO loved the fight and I spoke to Roc Nation and they said we don’t want to fight Kell Brook. And I don’t blame them because Kell Brook hasn’t got the name in the U.S. yet, and it’s too much risk for Miguel Cotto. There’s easier guys for Cotto to fight with bigger profiles in the U.S., so that fight never made sense to Cotto.”
Credit to Eddie Hearn for at least throwing the dice and attempting to land Brook a fight of that magnitude.