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‘Still has gas in the tank’ – Chris Eubank Jr convinced he can tempt Kell Brook into shock retirement U-turn

CHRIS EUBANK JR reckons he can lure Kell Brook out of his week-long retirement very soon.

Sheffield’s 35-year-old former welterweight world champ hung up his gloves last week, after winning his grudge battle with Amir Khan in February.

Chris Eubank Jr is keen to face Kell Brook in a blockbuster summer showdown
Brook retired from boxing last week following his February win over rival Amir Khan

But Eubank Jr, 31, needs a summer dance partner as the middleweight world titles he wants are tied up with other champions and fights.

And the son of British ring legend Chris S, reckons if Brook has not made clever investments then the smart money is on a showdown between the pair.

The Brighton slugger said: “Kell Brook still has gas in the tank and the ability to fight well and make money so I cannot understand why he would not have one more fight, payday and shot at greatness.

“Kell can still come out of retirement, he has only been gone a few days, he can get his a*** back in the gym and have a change of heart.

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“I don’t know how much he has made in his career but he doesn’t seem like the sharpest tool in the shed so the few million he made won’t last more than 10-15 years.

“You want to make as much money as you can, while you can because there is no other way to make money.

“Come out of retirement and let’s get this fight on in the summer, give the fans what they want and he can sail off back into the sunset with a few more million.”

Brook looked sensational dismantling Khan – who followed him into retirement just a couple of days later – inside six thrilling Manchester Arena rounds.

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And Eubank Jr – who is still yet to win a world title – managed to praise his form as he aims to goad him into a comeback.

He said: “I understand Amir retiring because of the performance he had but Kell fought well.

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“Kell is clearly not done, completely shot or finished, you can’t be done with a performance like that. He clearly has something left, in my opinion.”

Eubank Jr’s ideal summer opponent is 40-year-old Gennady Golovkin, Plan B is Canelo Alvarez and third on his hit list is welterweight Conor Benn.

A gulf in size meant the two sons of English fight icons – Conor being Nigel’s boy – seemed unlikely to continue the family rivalry.

But a recent chance meeting gave 25-year-old Benn the chance to dangle the idea of a fight with Eubank.

Eubank Jr revealed: “Conor told me he puts on around 20lbs between the time he weighs in and the start of his fights.

“He said we could fight because the weight would not be an issue. He said he walks around at 73kg and I usually walk around at 75kgs.

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“It’s not impossible but it is something that could happen down the line.

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“When the time is right we will see if we can make something happen.”

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