EXCLUSIVE: Amir Khan says Kell Brook ‘will definitely happen’ but it’s a ‘stadium fight’
Amir Khan has promised to face Kell Brook in 2019 once a stadium opportunity presents itself.
The former super-lightweight world champion has been chasing fights with Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather amidst calls by the UK fans to battle his fierce rival in Brook.
With Pacquiao and Mayweather linked to facing each other again in 2019, Khan is now assessing his options.
“Kell Brook is the likely fight,” Khan exclusively told World Boxing News. “I don’t think it will happen this year, but next year definitely.
“Obviously we are with the same promoter. We are will Eddie Hearn, so that fight is a big possibility.”
Asked when and where, Khan replied by revealing Wembley Stadium was his preferred option.
“We are with the same promoter in Eddie Hearn, so that fight is a big possibility and I’d love that fight. It’s a stadium fight,” he pointed out.
“In December or early next year, we can’t do an (outdoor) stadium. And after seeing the big fights there (Joshua v Klitschko, Povetkin), I want to be one of those guys to say, ‘I filled out Wembley Stadium’. So let’s see what happens.”
Anthony Joshua has the venue booked in for April 13, meaning Khan v Brook would be more likely for late summer.
Khan could also face competition from a potential rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury should the latter cause an upset.
Fury has a clause in the contract to defend against Wilder again if he can claim the WBC title on December. This would see yet another big fight pushing to headline at the National Arena.
It wouldn’t be viable to put Khan v Brook on the same Pay-Per-View as Joshua. Hearn knows full well both events can be massive in their own right.
The delay will certainly see Khan pitted against another foe if Brook is off the menu until the summer, with plenty of options on the table.
Adrien Broner, Jessie Vargas and Thomas Dulorme are just three of many possibilities if Khan does miss out on trading with Pacquiao.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay