An all-British battle between Amir Khan and Kell Brook might finally materialize — albeit far too late — if one of the boxers gets his wish.
“What’s the fight that everyone wants to see? Everyone wants to see the Kell Brook fight. We’ve been talking about it for years and years,” Khan told TalkSport. “Look, me and Kell are probably past our best, I’ll be honest. But at the same time, we’re both around the same age. I think it’d be a good fight between us to see who is still No. 1 in Britain. So I called [Matchroom Boxing head] Eddie Hearn and I said, ‘Let’s make it happen.’ Eddie said, ‘No worries,’ spoke to Kell’s family and Kell’s father wasn’t interested in it, he said, ‘No, we’re gonna look at other options.’ What other option is there for Kell Brook to make a good payday and fight someone with a big name like myself? Unless he fights someone with a world title or in America.
“So I’m scratching my head man, I’m thinking like, ‘What’s he going through?’ What’s going on with Kell Brook? How come he doesn’t want the fight? Let’s make it happen … The prediction for me and Kell Brook? I knock out Kell Brook in under six rounds.”
Khan (34-5, 21 KOs) and Brook (39-3 27 KOs) are both 34-year-old fading former world champions who are both fighting past their prime.
Khan is 3-2 in his last five bouts with wins coming against second-tier competition. Brook is 3-3 and has been knocked out each time he’s stepped up the competition.
Both boxers however have a wide reach with their fervent fan bases around the globe, which makes the fight desirable from a monetary perspective.
“Let’s be realistic here — a fight in the Middle East obviously that could happen over there,” Khan continued. “We have a big fan base in the Middle East and my last fight against Billy Dib was there. But really, why should we go there when we could do it here in the UK? We’re both British fighters, let’s make it in the UK. Doing that in a football stadium here, that could be massive. So let’s hope things open up. Once things open up properly and we sort out the third or fourth wave, let me put a beating on Kell Brook.
“The only two fights out there for me in my opinion are Kell Brook or Manny Pacquiao. Otherwise — I’ve been in the game a long time and when you’ve been in training camp after training camp and having almost 40 fights now. Your body is breaking and you need to call it a day one day. So I am giving it the last, last chapter of my boxing career. I get either fight and I call it a day.”
Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist, writer and broadcast reporter. He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and MMA Journalists Association. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan, via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com or on www.ManoukAkopyan.com