Former welterweight champion Kell Brook interrupted his promoter at the Fight Camp event on Saturday night to call for the long-awaited bout between himself and Khan
Kell Brook let everyone know that he is still desperate to fight Amir Khan after he gatecrashed Eddie Hearn’s interview with IFL TV to demand the bout be organised. Brook held the welterweight IBF title between 2014 and 2017.
Brook hasn’t fought since November 2020 when he was brutally knocked out by US star Terence Crawford in Las Vegas, while Khan’s most recent scrap was a four round exhibition against Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia which he won comfortably.
After making his presence known in Hearn’s interview, Brook said: “I’ve been quiet [on the fight] because there’s more of a chance of it happening then.
“When I’m loud. Listen, that’s the fight that’s happening. Get to it, Khan. Listen, put it on a little contract, and we’re there.
“There’s a lot of talks. This year it’s happening; it’s got to happen.”
Brook and Khan have been rivals for a long time, and while the fight is not the attractive prospect that it would have been a few years ago, the Sheffield native Brook is adamant that it still would be the second biggest duel in the country.
Brook said: “I think bar Fury – AJ, I still think it’s the biggest fight in British boxing. I think everyone will still get very excited about that fight. He [Hearn] knows I want that fight.”
Hearn responded to Brook’s comments on the spot, and suggested that a contest between the two was very much a possibility.
The Matchroom boxing chief said: “Both guys want as much money as possible.
“So, we are a small piece of that- if there’s a deal to be done, there’s a deal to be done, but we’ll see.
““The other thing is, Amir Khan genuinely wants the fight, I believe. That’s always been the [problem]. Yes, you’ve always wanted the fight.”
Brook was clearly excited by his promoter’s comments, and asked: “Will it happen?”
“If everyone is sensible, yeah,” replied Hearn.
Khan, who himself held an IBF light-welterweight belt as well as the WBA title, recently spoke on his desires to finally get the fight to happen. The Bolton-born pugilist said: “I think now is the right time to make that fight happen with Kell.
“We both have been world champions. We’re both British and in the north as well.
“Imagine making a huge fight like that happen at the Old Trafford football stadium. It would be a massive fight.”
Whether or not the fight would take place in a stadium such as Old Trafford remains to be seen, but there can be little doubt that British boxing fans would enjoy the fight between two of the country’s most prolific exports in recent times.