Hearn hopes Brook makes a return to the ring; likes a fight against Benn for Kell

Eddie Hearn hopes Kell Brook returns to the sport as, he believes, the former IBF world welterweight champion "still has a lot that he can offer."

"I hope Kell fights again," the Matchroom boss told Boxing Social, adding that his performance in his fight with Amir Khan showed, to him, that he can continue to box at 37 years old.

"I still like Conor Benn against Kell Brook," Hearn said.

Brook hasn't fought since his sixth round knockout win over domestic rival Khan in February, 2022.

Immediately after the contest, both fighters announced their retirements.

Brook, though, has been seen training since, and has spoken about returning to the ring under the right circumstances.

However, Brook, following his retirement, has been struggling with mental health issues and substance issues following a tabloid exposé, which revealed a video showing Brook to be using supposedly cocaine. 

Hearn did say that he hadn't "spoken to [Brook] for a while," but added: "The thing is with Kell, you need to give him the time to prepare for a fight and it’s difficult to commit to a fight that far out.

"If Kell needs 16 weeks or whatever it is to make 150, or more likely 154, can you get a fight agreed within that time frame?

"If February 3, Conor Benn — he wouldn’t be ready for February 3, in my opinion, because it’s only nine weeks. So, it’s difficult for the guys that have been out of the ring for a while that need that extra time to actually make the time frame work.

"I hope we see him back."

Benn, meanwhile, has been linked with a February fight against British rival Chris Eubank Jr., however, the British Boxing Board of Control this week denied an application to make the Benn vs. Eubank bout as "an appeal process" regarding Benn's positive drug tests last year is "ongoing."

Speaking to Boxing Social, Hearn appeared unfazed and said the focus is on making the bout regardless.