Following a lack luster performance from Kell Brook on Saturday night, he sent out a clear message to Amir Khan, “The time for the fight is now. I’m ready to go. It’s now or never.”
For Brook’s below par showing in beating Australia’s Michael Zerafa over 12 rounds, brought him the mandatory spot for the WBA Light Middleweight Title held by Jarrett Hurd.
Despite a face to face discussion between the pair at the Usyk v Bellew fight in Manchester, Khan has now been enticed by the prospect of facing pound for pound star Terence Crawford, believing that the Brook fight will always be there for him.
Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports, “Kell has got the opportunity to fight Jarrett Hurd. He will be the mandatory. That could be the next fight for Hurd or the one after. Amir has a decision to make – does he want to fight Brook or Crawford?”
After seemingly being so close when Amir Khan signed a 3 fight deal with Matchroom, it now appears to be escaping us once more.
“He’s got one fight left with Eddie,” Brook said. “He’s saying the fight’s always going to be there – it’s not always going to be there. I’m trying my best to make it happen for the fans while we’re together under the same umbrella.
“If he decides to go a different way, it won’t be there again. When he comes crawling to me after he gets beat, it won’t happen. I’m telling you now, so the fans know, it has to happen now.”
And so the debacle continues.
Since as far back as 2012, when they appeared together on Sky’s Ringside program, this has been a potential fight that has demanded overwhelming column inches – yet it still alludes us.
The vast majority feel that Khan in the main, is responsible for the fight not materializing.
Initially it was Brook needed to go to America fight some names and win a world title – he did that.
Then it was close to being made once more and Khan instead chose the unexpected route of jumping 2 weight divisions to face the awesome Canelo Alvarez – and as we all know, that didn’t end well.
So when Khan opted to sign with Matchroom, it seemed inevitable that this fight would finally happen.
With Brook now up at light middle, Khan insisted that the fight would only take place at 147lbs – Kell agreed to drop the weight.
And now it seems that Amir is considering the alternative route of chasing Crawford, rather than the fight with Brook, which Eddie Hearn says is worth double the money on offer to face the pound for pound contender.
It would be such a travesty if this genuine 50/50 fight and clash of styles doesn’t happen. Both Brook and Khan have the opportunity to cement their legacy as the greatest British 147 pounder of their generation.
And if the fight doesn’t happen, whether true or not, it is likely to be a footnote to Khan’s legacy that he avoided the fight.