Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that he offered Amir Khan a guaranteed £5m to fight Kell Brook in a blockbuster domestic dust-up later this year, telling Ring.com that the sum of money remains available now that the Floyd Mayweather fight has fallen through.
Khan was left in limbo for more than two months as Mayweahter hand-picked his next opponent for a May 3rd Las Vegas showdown, but eventually the pound-for-pound king opted to make Marcos Maidana the latest challenger to his perfect record.
British fight fans have been clamouring to see Khan and Brook settle their score in a welterweight clash that would be fit for box office in the United Kingdom, a fight Hearn has repeated he would love to make if the former world champion is willing.
Hearn said: “When we heard Khan’s Mayweather fight was on the brink of falling through, I made a serious offer for him to fight Kell.
"That offer, £5m, is still on the table and will remain there for the foreseeable future.”
Khan has options to pursue as he faces up to the fact Mayweather is gone as a viable opponent for now, with an announcement expected later this month.
Bolton's favourite fighting son has been out of action since battling to a points victory over Julio Diaz in Sheffield last April, while Brook has also experienced a difficult time with injuries over the last 18 months in his pursuit of welterweight gold.
Both men would like to fight current IBF king Shawn Porter before the end of 2014, although Khan turned down the chance to fight for that belt against Devon Alexander last December while waiting in vain for Mayweather.