26
Aug
2019

Hearn wants Brook to move up despite Khan meeting on Friday

Khan v Brook 19/01/2017

Esther Lin

Promoter Eddie Hearn would ideally like welterweight world champion Kell Brook to move up to 154 pounds as talks continue for a possible UK super-fight with Amir Khan.

Despite Brook v Khan negotiations struggling to get to a serious stage, Hearn is hopeful a meeting set up for Friday will finally be the instigator to making the massive encounter a reality for late spring.

Brook seems to think he can make weight for Khan before then making the switch north, although Hearn may have another stumbling block in front of him with the financial split of the fight.

“When you’re talking about a split; Amir might say ‘I’m a much bigger name’,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “We disagree because we’re world champion. How much value do you put on a belt?

“I always say to fighters that ‘without each other, you aren’t getting paid’.”

Hearn continued: “We’ve got to decide whether to stay at 147lbs or move up to 154lbs. I want Kell to move up to light-middleweight, he shouldn’t be at welterweight. But Amir knows his best chance is at welterweight.

“There’s rumours that Amir wants to take a warm-up fight first, which would be disappointing.

“We have a meeting on Friday. Hopefully we can say ‘let’s get this going’.”

WBN have been informed there has been no request made for Brook to defend his title against Khan as mandatory challenger Errol Spence eagerly awaits news of his first world championship chance.

Brook keeping or dropping his status, along with the monetary details, are the main sticking points for Hearn to overcome as the UK fans keep their fingers crossed for a mutual agreement.

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