Khan vs Brook: A long awaited showdown between two domestic rivals possible for early 2019!
It looks like the much anticipated match-up of UK welterweights is getting closer to taking place. Amir khan and Kell Brook have gone back and forth over several years regarding a potential fight brewing since their days as sparring partners.
This is a fight many thought would happen a long time ago, however, circumstances in both fighters careers and the inability to negotiate terms have caused about a seven year delay. It appears now with both fighters being promoted by Eddie Hearn, they’ve ironed out their differences.
One of the major sticking points being a ten pound re-hydration clause requested by Khan. This shouldn’t be a problem for Brook who is a former IBF welterweight champion. The IBF enforces a re-hydration limit for the same amount of weight on fighters participating in their sanctioned bouts. However, Brook has campaigned at junior middleweight so he’ll have to be diligent in camp.
Khan released the following to Sky Sports:
“Obviously me and Brook are with Eddie Hearn.
“I’ve left that to Eddie to do all the negotiations, to speak to both parties, to speak to his trainer, his manager, himself.
“But look, it’s a fight I would love to have, and I think it would make a lot of money financially for both fighters. But at the same time it would be a massive fight in the UK. It’s a fight that the fans want. Why not make it happen?
“Nothing can stop it. He’s agreed to be 147, and also have a re-hydration clause of 10 pounds. I’m happy with that. If he’s happy to take that, so am I. That fight can happen then 147 it is, and we’re with the same promotional team, so that makes the fight even easier. Let’s see what happens.”
By: Corey Cunningham