KHAN vs BROOK UPDATE
By TOM WATT on April 8 2015
After his win last week over Jo Jo Dan, Kell Brook and his promoter, Eddie Hearn both publicly reiterated their desire to make the biggest fight in British Boxing at the moment, Kell Brook vs Amir Khan this Summer. This is a fight that for the British fight fans has been bubbling away for a few years now and it is a fight that would see two of the most talented Welterweights in the World go head to head in a what would be a stadium fight that would rival the excitement before Froch Groves 2 – a fight that sold 80,000 seats at Wembley stadium and made history as the biggest post-war Boxing crowd in the UK. These 2 fighters have been mentioned together for a long time, in the UK, neither fighter can have an interview or go anywhere without being asked about the other, it is something similar to the constant questioning and anticipation that surrounded Mayweather and Pacquiao and now that Brook has captured a World Title he is really pushing to make it happen.
Khan has had his say this week and although we are closer than ever to this British showdown, it looks as though it will not be this Summer that we see the two long-term rivals go at it in the ring. Khan, as has been well-documented throughout his career, will be observing Ramadan from mid-June and as such is unable to fight between June and July. Khan has made it clear that his next fight will be May 30th – he announced earlier this week via his wife’s YouTube channel that his opponent would be former World Champion, Chris Algieri – who was heavily beaten by Manny Pacquaio in his last outing. Since then Khan however has advised his fans that this fight has not been confirmed amidst online rumours that Showtime were not interested in airing the fight in the US. Khan has denied this is true and has stated that the Algieri fight could still happen and that he is still open to fighting Adrien Broner at 147 if that fight was available to him.
Rumours have also circulated that the IBF (with whom Kell Brook is World Champion) had ordered a match between Khan and Tim ‘Desert Storm’ Bradley as a final eliminator, Khan denies he has been contacted by the IBF and that he would ‘take that fight in a heartbeat’ if it was offered to him. However, it would be strange for him to take such a difficult and dangerous final eliminator when the current Champion is already begging to fight him. That same option will be put to Frankie Gavin who may well see it as a perfect opportunity to make a name for himself having publicly stated his desire to face the Sheffield-born Champion.
So for Khan we expect to hear something in the coming week around his next opponent, personally I would love to see him take on Adrien Broner as I see it as a fantastic mix-up of styles and personalities, the build-up and the fight would be very unlikely to disappoint and as Marcos Maidana has showed, if you can beat Adrien Broner then perhaps you will get that shot at Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather that Khan has yearned for so long now. If you look at the Algieri fight on the other hand, unless Khan was able to dispatch of him in a more brutal fashion that the Pac-Man was (which would be hard to do given the demolition job Pacquiao put on Algieri), it doesn’t seem like he has a huge amount to gain other than exposure and a nice pay-day. Not to say Khan hasn’t earned that right, nobody could accuse him of ever taking the easy route in his career with names like Zab Judah, Danny Garcia, Lamont Peterson, Luis Collazo and Devon Alexander on his resume, so perhaps he is due an easier, or at least less dangerous fight?
On the flip-side, Kell Brook, the current IBF World Champion is begging for the big, tough fights. The unbeaten Sheffield man’s biggest scalp is his World Title win against the highly rated ‘Showtime’ Shawn Porter last year and that has been Khan’s main argument for not taking the fight with him just yet. With Khan out of the picture, Brook and Hearn have shifted their focus to other big names, the two that keep coming up are Brandon Rios and Mexican legend, Juan Manuel Marquez. Rios himself is fresh of a very impressive trilogy-deciding win over Mike Alvarado so has the momentum and confidence that brings with it and as a former Pacquiao opponent, Rios is no stranger to the big stage. Marquez on the other hand was actually beaten by Alvarado although, being a future Hall Of Famer, he holds a name that Kell Brook would love to have on his resume. Either would give the fans an exciting fight and a chance for ‘Special K’ to really put his stamp on the division and silence any doubters that remain. The Marquez fight would be big enough for a stadium in the UK if Matchroom were able to convince the Mexican to travel to the UK, something he did recently when his stable-mate, Daniel Estrada was dispatched in easy fashion by a revitalised Kevin Mitchell.
One thing that looks certain now is that we won’t see the much-anticipated Amir Khan vs Kell Brook this Summer so British Boxing fans will just have to hope that neither suffers defeat in between now and next Summer! Provinding they can do that then May 2016 could see an event that eclipses the dizzy highs of that crazy night at Wembley last year. It would be great for the sport if that was to come to fruition but this is Boxing and nothing is guaranteed, with both Brook and Khan at the top of Boxing’s most competitive division there is always the chance that one or both could suffer a setback that would put to bed the chances of the World seeing what would be a blockbuster event.
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