Could we soon be seeing Amir Khan vs Kell Brook? ParklifeSport sat down with Sky Sports news reporter Ed Draper to get his opinion.
Off the back of Kell Brook’s unanimous points decision win against Michael Zerafa on Saturday night attention again turned to a potential domestic super fight between “Special K” and Amir Khan.
Promoter Eddie Hearn added further fuel to the fire telling Sky Sports that it was “now or never” for the two British stars to finally square off against each other.
Brook and Khan’s rivalry has been simmering for years but has never led to the fight that British boxing fans crave. Both men are now into their 30’s and ParkLife Sport sat down with Sky Sports presenter Ed Draper to assess the rivalry.
Both fighters have, of course, suffered brutal defeats in recent years and Draper said a domestic clash would be a great end to two storied careers.
“It could be a finale couldn’t it (Brook vs Khan), a great finale to their careers because biological age and boxing age are hard to determine.”
“There’s a lot of wear and tear for both fighters, I see it now as not determining one of the top welterweights or light middleweights in the world but now to settle the score, like an old grudge match.” Said Draper
“These guys are 31 and 32 but they have been through some heavy encounters, Brook’s eye sockets from tough nights against Golovkin and Errol Spence Jnr. Amir Khan got knocked out cold in 2008 against Breidis Prescott, came through and beat Marcos Maidana but took some heavy shots in that one. Then losing to Danny Garcia and Canelo in what was a really bad knockout.”
Much has been made of a potential re-hydration clause should the two meet with Khan reluctant to let Brook balloon in weight post-weigh in. Draper however does not think Khan is afraid of Brook’s power.
“Amir Khan is someone who has left Manchester and gone around The States and done different things. I don’t think it’s primal fear with Khan we have seen him go in with Canelo and Danny Garcia and suffer hideous knockout defeats”
So why haven’t we seen this domestic clash already over the years?
“If you look back over the years, they have never really settled in the same weight division at the same time.”
“I think it’s that element of ego, what am I worth? What am I going to get? Is it worth them both boxing? Especially Amir Khan, obviously an Olympic Silver medallist, does he see it as being damaging? It’s that risk/reward equation I suppose. Is there too much risk rather than reward” added Draper.
The Sky Sports News presenter also suggested that Brook should still focus on becoming a World Champion once more.
“At 32 and getting broader (Brook) is better off focusing on that light-middleweight division and cracking on with his career”
“It’s four years since he won his world title at welterweight, why shouldn’t (Brook) have a finale over the next year-18 months and have another shot at a world title”.
A clash between Brook and Khan is sure to entertain even the casual, Khan’s style maybe key to this.
“Amir Khan has interesting fights and when we talk about popular currency we know when you watch Amir Khan you are going to get dazzling hand speed and knockdowns. People follow him almost as neutrals.”
“It’s one of those things that when you hear he (Khan) is boxing you compare it to Usain Bolt in a race or whatever it might be it grabs your attention immediately”
The next six months is sure to be interesting and we may finally get to see this rivalry settled in the ring. Both Brook and Khan have had incredible careers, but you can’t help but feel if they don’t meet it will be unfinished business. Only time will tell who the best super-welterweight boxer in the UK is.
Social media remains divided on who would get the better of the potential matchup.
Khan beats Brook every day of the week and twice on Sunday
— Kieron (@WebbKieron) December 8, 2018
Extremely hard to comprehend the narrative of Khan ‘avoiding Brook’ if he does fight one of the pound-for-pound elite in Crawford at his natural weight. Brook’s second best career win is either Gavin, Senchenko or Jones. Maybe he chased the wrong dream. For far too long.
— Mark Butcher (@KOwriting) December 8, 2018
I’m begging Brook to fight Hurd for his sake. I want the best for the kid but Khan beats him at 147, end of story. Brook beats Khan at 154 comfortably, but the fight will be at 147
— Jonathan (@jonnyescott) December 8, 2018
Ed Draper was speaking to ParkLifeSport exclusively as a guest of the “JAB Podcast” you can listen to the full podcast below.