Floyd Mayweather Jr has praised new IBF champion Kell Brook following his victory over Shawn Porter but will not be drawn on a possible meeting with the Brit just yet.
Sheffield-born Brook beat Porter in Los Angeles via a majority decision earlier this month to catapult himself amongst the elite fighters in the welterweight division.
Current WBC and WBA world champion Mayweather was full of admiration for the new champion who trained at his gym before his fight with Porter and congratulated him for going the distance and extending his record to 33-0.
"The guy Kell Brook came to my boxing gym I think five days before the fight and watched me spar a little bit. Cool guy. A true gentleman," Mayweather told Fight Hype. "He earned it the hard way.
"After many fights, whether it is against tomato cans or against top opposition, you are going to have some type of experience to be able to go 12 rounds and you have to be able to fight just a little bit if you beat everybody that they will put in front of you. So congratulations to him and I wish him nothing but the best."
Immediately after Brook's stateside victory the question of a showdown with Mayweather arose. The 28-year-old is already scheduled to defend his IBF title in Sheffield on 6 December while a long-awaited showdown with Amir Khan is also on the horizon, with promoter Eddie Hearn hopeful of booking a meeting for next summer.
With Mayweather set to meet Marcos Maidana in a rematch of their May bout in September, a possible unification bout with Brook remains a possibility somewhere down the line. However, the unbeaten American believes it is too soon to be looking that far ahead.
"Well, I already know who I am fighting 13 September," he continued. "As of right now, I don't know who I am fighting in May and I don't know who I am fighting next September, but you know I gotta take just one fight at a time and my focus is Maidana."