Khan v Brook talks begin, Hearn hopeful of summer agreement
A massive British welterweight world title clash between IBF champion Kell Brook and former super-lightweight ruler Amir Khan has moved a step closer today, according to Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn.
Hearn confirmed on Thursday at the Josh Warrington press conference that tentative negotiations are underway with ‘King’ Khan who has been a long-term target for Brook on his rise to becoming one of the main players at 147 pounds.
Since Brook dethroned American Shawn Porter in his own backyard last August, Khan’s name has been mentioned by ‘The Special One’ on numerous occasions as his potential opponent awaited news of a possible fight with Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao.
Now that Mayweather and Pacquiao are tied up in a May 2 super-fight, Hearn says there should be no obstacles in the way of Brook and Khan reaching a satisfactory agreement for all concerned. Hearn also warned the 2004 Olympic silver medallist that his charge does have other options on the table.
“I met with some representatives of Team Khan recently. Obviously he was waiting, and quite rightly, on the opportunity to fight Floyd Mayweather, but that’s now not happening,” Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ.
“I think the fight with Kell Brook makes sense. It’s a massive fight for British boxing and carries a world title. Amir is confident that fight will happen, but we’d like it sooner rather than later.
“Brook-Khan for me is just a natural fight, but we can’t wait for Amir. We are going to be looking at Marquez, Maidana or even the winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao because the bottom line is that with those two fighting, after that fight there is only going to be two world champions in the division. That’s Mayweather or Pacquiao and Kell Brook. So that’s a chance to fully unify the division.
“It’s frustrating because Khan is the fight that we all want and the nation wants as well. There is really no reason why that can’t happen next,” he added.
Khan may also see Marquez and ex-foe Maidana as possibilities himself for his next encounter, although the lure of boxing a high-profile match-up at a world famous venue like Wembley Stadium may prove too much to turn down for the Bolton man.