British great Prince Naseem Hamed is hoping to see two fighters close to his heart go head to head but just can’t understand why one of them is avoiding the other.
Hamed, who is gearing up to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame this weekend, wants fellow-Muslim Amir Khan to agree to meet former gym-mate Kell Brook in a blockbuster welterweight clash at Wembley Stadium in the near future.
Khan, 28, has long dismissed Brook as a potential opponent until the Sheffield man as least won a world title, but upon ‘The Special One’ completing the feat and claiming the IBF belt last year, the Bolton man has failed to follow through on his promise.
This lack of movement has left the UK public and ‘Naz’ highly frustrated at the roadblock. The fight certainly has all the ingredients to be a domestic classic in his home country and Hamed is flummoxed as to why Khan won’t sit down and thrash out a deal with his arch-rival.
“I want to see Amir fight Kell Brook and I want that to be an all-British bash at Wembley,” Hamed told The Telegraph.
“I just don’t see why Amir is overlooking Kell Brook. You’ve got a world champion on your doorstep with a legitimate belt in your weight category. People in this country want to see who the best is.”
A fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr is currently top of Khan’s immediate hit-list, although Brook is also said to be in the running to meet the pound for pound king on September 12 in Las Vegas.