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Exclusive: No Amir Khan v Kell Brook talks planned for this week

Phil Jay 09/02/2017

Esther Lin

A welterweight clash between Amir Khan and Kell Brook is currently dead in the water, WBN were informed on Thursday.

Despite a purse bid being delayed between Brook and mandatory challenger Errol Spence until Monday, no contact has been made or is scheduled between both parties regarding a massive all-UK contest.

Asif Vali, the representative for Khan and his interests, is glad Brook has pushed forward with the Spence fight after the Yorkshireman’s promoter Eddie Hearn stated the only man who could end negotiations was Khan.

In an interview with Sportsmail, Hearn had stated: “It’s no secret that it is a struggle for Kell to make 147 pounds and I felt he would be better off at 154. But Kell does not want to vacate.

“Spence is who he wants to fight and that fight is very close to being made. The only way we would not do it is if Amir Khan comes about, but he wants a tune-up fight first. A fight with Spence is the firm favorite and I’d hope to make it in the next week.”

Khan has no plans to intervene in those Brook v Spence talks and Hearn should get his wish as discussions continue.

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“There has been no contact between Brook and Khan this week, nor do we expect any,” Vali exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Nothing will come from our side and I am glad the Spence fight is taking place for Brook as it’s a good fight,” he added.

Khan has a plethora of options open to him in the United States as the Bolton man cracks on with preparations for a late spring return.

The 30 year-old last fought in May 2016 when losing to Canelo Alvarez and is currently ranked number one by the WBC ahead of a possible match-up with the winner of Danny Garcia v Keith Thurman, taking place in New York on March 4.