IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn says a fight between Floyd Mayweather and British rival Amir Khan won’t come to fruition this year in the wake of the Sheffield fighter’s victory over Frankie Gavin on Saturday.
Brook, 28, predictably battered Gavin into submission in six rounds at the O2 Arena, and despite wanting Khan to sign on the dotted line for a massive UK clash next, doesn’t mind looking at other options for a second title defense in his hometown this autumn.
‘The Special One’ has long pined for a meeting with the Bolton man even though Khan is holding out for Mayweather and handler Hearn is confident that the former light welterweight champion will be left disappointed again as he has been for over a year.
“It is deja vu, we did this in Sheffield nine weeks ago. Everybody wants Brook against Khan but what can you do? He is waiting for Floyd Mayweather but that fight isn’t happening in September. Apparently he thinks it could happen next May,” said Hearn.
“It is a waiting game and it is disappointing for the British public because Kell Brook wants to fight Amir Khan. We get excited about it but lose the excitement when you can’t see it happening.
“We look on, we look at the likes of Brandon Rios, Keith Thurman, Manny Pacquiao. August 29 was pencilled in before Gavin, potentially at Bramall Lane in Sheffield – he needs those big fights and those big names from America to come over.
“At the end of august or beginning of early September in Sheffield we need to bring him a big name now,” he added.
Tentative talks with Brandon Rios have already begun and is a fight the American wants as he exclusively told World Boxing News earlier this year. With Pacquiao out of commission due to injury and Thurman unlikely to want any part of a UK fight, Brook’s best option remains a scrap with the ex-lightweight title holder as Khan continues to turn his nose up at a domestic battle.