Kell Brook will be returning to action in the first quarter of 2018, and he’s hoping he can get his long-awaited match against Amir Khan.
Khan, 31, has stalled on making the fight with Brook for the last 3 years despite huge demand from the British boxing public to see the 2 mix it up.
Now that both fighters’ career no longer looking as bright following defeats, it’s important than ever to finally make the Khan vs. Brook fight happen. There’s still a demand from the boxing public to see Khan and Brook meet up, but obviously there’s not as much interest as there once was.
“I want to get in there and beat Queen Khan up,” Brook said via mirror.co.uk at an App Empire UK event. “We all want to see me stood over him, saying, ‘listen, I told you. I told you.’ We want to make that fight happen. We all want to see it. I want to smash him.”
The boxing fans are waiting to see what fight Khan takes next. IWBO champion Jeff Horn spoke of a fight between him and Khan, saying this to the Courier Mail:
“Khan’s a brilliant boxer, but everyone knows he’s chinny. If he gets hit on the chin, he’s going to sleep.”
Horn could be facing Gary Corcoran next. That’s a fighter that Khan would likely have an easy time beating. Khan vs. Horn would be a far better fight and more appealing to the boxing fans.
Now would be the perfect time for Khan and Brook to get inside the ring to settle their differences. Khan has had plenty of time to rest and recover from his latest knockout loss to Saul Canelo Alvarez. Khan wants to resume his career.
Brook (36-2, 25 KOs) has lost his last 2 fights to Errol Spence Jr. (TKO 11 on May 27) and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (TKO 5). Brook suffered broken eye sockets in both fights. Brook’s left eye socket was busted in his loss to Golovkin on September 10 last year. After surgery to repair the injury, Brook returned to the ring earlier this year on May 27 against his IBF mandatory challenger Errol Spence Jr., and his right eye socket was busted in that fight. Brook by an 11th round knockout due to the eye injury. Brook is expected to move up to 154 for his next fight. That’s what his promoter Eddie Hearn wants him to do. However, if Brook can get a fight against Khan, he’ll stay at 147 to make the fight happen.
Khan was knocked out badly in his last fight by middleweight Saul Canelo Alvarez last year on May 6 in a failed attempt to win the WBC 160 lb. title. Khan took a huge risk in moving up to fight Canelo at middleweight and it turned out to be a sheer disaster. Subsequently, Khan had hand surgery on his right hand, and he’s been out of action since then. Khan spoke of wanting to return to the ring in late 2017, but thus far he still has nothing scheduled.
It’s important that Brook get the fight with Khan as soon as possible before he starts fighting in the 154-lb. division, as that might not turn out too well for him. Given his recent eye problems, Brook might be better suited to remain at 147 at all costs. The fighters hit harder at junior middleweight, and Brook’s eyes might not hold up to the pounding he’ll have to take for him to be successful in this weight class.