American Carson Jones has first-hand knowledge of facing Kell Brook having shared twenty entertaining rounds with the former world welterweight champion in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Running Brook close in their first meeting before an eight round stoppage loss in the second, Jones is in a good position to gauge whether ‘The Special One’ could overcome arch-rival Amir Khan in an all-UK grudge clash.
Jones recently watched on as Khan took out Phil Lo Greco in a stunning first round knockout, but believes the potential PPV encounter is a clash of two vulnerable competitors who could struggle with their own weaknesses.
Khan has been hurt, dropped and knocked out during his career, whilst Brook has broken facial bones in his last two defeats prior to looking good in a crushing win over Sergey Rabchenko in his debut at 154 pounds in March.
Speaking about Khan’s win and a future clash with Brook, Jones was less than complimentary to the British stars ahead of his own return to action on June 23rd against Steven Butler in Montreal, Canada.
“I'm somewhat cool with Phil Lo Greco but in my mind he's not on Amir Khan’s level so I was unimpressed with the win,” Jones exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I guess to everyone he was supposed to win like that and look good so he can get the Kell Brook fight.
“We didn't get to see much of Khan to actually know where he was is at this point, but I'd lean towards Kell winning if they fought this year.
“They are both signed with Eddie Hearn and honestly I believe that's what they had in mind from the beginning when they met together.
“Eddie Hearn is a smart man, so yes I do believe the Kell Brook fight will happen.”
Asked for his opinion on the possibility of a catchweight of around 150 pounds coming into play and for his prediction on the bout, Jones believes Brook may be forced to come down further in weight to meet Khan’s demands.
“As far as the catchweight I think it can be at 147 and Kell will just have to put in the work.
“Honestly there are flaws in both. More so now than earlier in their careers.
“In my eyes, it's Khan’s chin versus Kell’s orbital bones and which will break first. That’s the big question in this fight,” smirked Jones.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay