Amir Khan sends Kell Brook warning with terrifying display of speed
Amir Khan is well and truly back following a 39-second display of awesome speed and lightning-fast punches that should send a stern message to UK rival Kell Brook.
Khan was in terrific form from the off against Phil Lo Greco in Liverpool as the Bolton man took two-years of frustration out on the hapless Canadian at the Echo Arena.
It was simply a case of the wrong place, the wrong time for Lo Greco as Khan was in no mood to play and wanted to prove he still has the skills to compete with the best around at 147 pounds.
So where next for Khan?
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He will need another bout to sharpen the ring rust as Khan spent less than a minute inside the ropes on Saturday night before a potential stadium blockbuster with Kell Brook in October or November.
Cardiff’s Principality Stadium would instantly come into play, although it’s debatable whether the contest would be able to sell out the venue as Anthony Joshua does.
Maybe if Eddie Hearn puts together a solid card to bolster the headliner or even provide a double-header with a world title contest, Khan v Brook is certainly Pay-Per-View worthy and would have fans clamoring for tickets.
With his reflexes and quickness seemingly unaffected by the time away, Khan is back to contender status, with only the weight stipulation a sticking point for an encounter with Brook.
Fighting at 150 pounds at the weekend, the same weight could be a starting point for Khan as Brook has only just moved up and should still be able to get somewhere near his old poundage.
Maybe Brook would push for 151 or 152 to make Khan come up further to his level and carry more weight into the fight in an attempt to try and nullify the frightening speed he obviously still possesses.
Either way, the fight has to happen this year before either boxer faces any other top names and could see the pair sharing a bill in the summer before their money-spinning battle.
It’s been a long time coming.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay