British welterweight star Amir Khan has given his thoughts on compatriot and rival Kell Brook’s performance against Gennady Golovkin last month.
Brook moved up two weight divisions to challenge the middleweight king at The O2 in London only to suffer a first career loss and a broken orbital bone in a competitive five round battle.
‘The Special One’ just didn’t have the power to match the hard-hitting Kazakh on the night and Khan believes trainer Dominic Ingle saved Brook from potentially worse injuries at the end of the contest.
“I think it was an amazing stoppage. The time it was stopped was the best stoppage timing-wise because another 20 seconds and he could have been hurt badly,” Khan told FightHype.com
“That would have been even worse and that would have been really hurtful in his career. Maybe he might never come back. Dominic Ingle, when he did stop it, you know what, he stopped it at such a great time.
“But at the same time, he still took a bad beating. He was still really hurt. He was out of it. I mean, I think that they got everything wrong. Look, Kell should have used more of the boxing than trying to put aggression on and standing there with Triple G. I heard that he was heavy in training camp. I mean, it’ll be good to see what happens with him now, which fight he takes. I just think he did it for the payday, bro.
“Triple G was dominating him and he knew that…End of the day, I’m not saying it was a bad choice. I mean, it was nowhere near the Canelo money, what I got, but I mean, I deserve that because I’ve always fought the top names in boxing.
“With him, it was, I think, it was just one of those things where it was too much of a step up,” he added.
Khan is set to return in the spring of 2017 – whilst Brook is contemplating a move up to 154 pounds, either way, a fight between the two still seems no closer to happening anytime soon.