Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn is ready to admit defeat in his attempts to pit welterweight star Kell Brook against arch-rival Amir Khan in the spring.
Hearn held talks with Khan in late 2016 before reigniting negotiations in the New Year, although the lack of a 50-50 split in the deal – or close to that figure, has seemingly put an end to the fight happening in the coming months.
“We’ve talked about it for three years. I just don’t think Amir wants the fight,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “I don’t think he wants to lose to Kell Brook and it’s a 50-50 fight.
“It’s one thing losing to ‘Canelo’, but it’s another thing losing to Brook, a guy from your country, who he has a huge grudge with, but he’s going to make a career-best purse.
“For me, it just seems ridiculous, and it frustrates me that they can’t seem to apply common sense to the situation. For that fact, I can only think that they don’t actually want the fight.”
Khan is now lining up a return to action in the United States, possibly in late April or May, as the former super-lightweight king warms up to meet the eventual winner of the Danny Garcia v Keith Thurman unification taking place on March 4.
The WBC have Khan rated at number one due to his exploits before losing to Canelo Alvarez, and whoever wins from the Garcia v Thurman clash in New York, is expected to battle the Briton next – as stipulated by President Mauricio Sulaiman.
For Brook, the Sheffield man now has a decision to make regarding a move up to 154 or an extended stay at 147 pounds.