Coach Dave Coldwell, who looks after the needs of former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew – among others, has given scathing criticism of the current state of Amir Khan’s career as talk of rekindling a fight with UK rival Kell Brook in 2018 continues to grow.
Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn recently stated the much-talked-about Brook fight was still a huge affair if the two fighters can agree to trade blows next year, and Coldwell believes Khan must act fast in order to halt his career slide.
“It’s easy to criticise him, but I feel sorry for him, he should have done things a lot smarter,” Coldwell pointed out in an interview with Betsafe.
“Amir Khan’s career has just gone down the toilet and he’s not the name he thinks he is, not on merit. Obviously, everyone knows who he is but on boxing merit, he’s a nobody.”
Khan, 30, has fought just twice in almost three years, a win against Chris Algieri following by a massive knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez in May 2016.
Since then, Khan has experienced personal problems that have affected his mindset for boxing and the Bolton man recently told WBN he wants to return in December.
A fight with Brook seems to be on the backburner for Khan though, whilst Coldwell sees it as a must for the contest to happen now before the encounter drops off the radar completely.
“This fight (Brook v Khan) could have been this generation’s Ricky Hatton vs Junior Witter but on a much bigger scale due to the fact both names are bigger,” he said.
“Khan has been waiting for certain fights that just haven’t materialised which has meant he’s had a long absence from the ring.”
“He can’t come at this fight thinking he is the top dog. Both fighters have to take the fight now, it’s not going to get any bigger, the demand will only deteriorate as both fighters are losing stock,” added Coldwell.
Coldwell is currently overseeing Bellew’s preparations for a rematch with David Haye as the Liverpool man bids to cement his March victory over the former two-weight world title holder on December 17.
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