It’s time to put up or shut up for Amir Khan, at least that’s the view of Kell Brook.
Brook and his promoter Eddie Hearn have taken to Twitter to publicly call out the Bolton fighter, who they say is dodging the all-British welterweight clash that many would like to see this year.
It’s said that Wembley stadium has already been provisionally booked for June in anticipation of the domestic mega fight, but for now, neither camp seems anywhere near getting the deal signed.
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Amir, for his part, has claimed the fight hinges only the split of the purse. Whilst Khan doesn’t believe a 50-50 percentage split is reflective of his status, tweeting:
Hearn though, has claimed he is deliberately ‘pricing himself out’ by demanding an unfeasible 80-20 split of the purse, in order to avoid Special K.
The promoter has also been at pains to point out that although Khan is a bigger name in the boxing world, any fight between the two would be a voluntary IBF title defence by Brook. Added to this, with the interest the fight is bound to generate, the 60-40 split now on offer would be a great deal. It’s unclear whose version of the truth is the most plausible.
Looking at the names left in the division, with Manny Pacquiao due to follow Floyd Mayweather into retirement, the assertion this fight makes the most economical sense is a hard to argue. After being strung along in his relentless pursuits of Money and ‘Pac Man’, there aren’t too many fights left for Khan in the division that would generate as much excitement.
The ambition he showed in chasing these fights suggests that at this stage of his career shows he is driven to be involved in the biggest money fights on the biggest stage. It’s interesting, then to see Khan’s camp now being leveraged to this effect. With fewer options available, more than ever the Brook fight makes sense.
Having already fought successfully in America, Khan’s standing in the event of another loss wouldn’t be affected too much, and whilst Brook’s undefeated record and credibility would be under threat, a win would propel him into the consciousness of the American market and see him emerge as one of the biggest names in the division.
It’s difficult to say if there is a genuine aversion on either side to make the fight as it stands, or whether it’s a smoke and mirrors act to hype it before both men step into the ring.
But taking a step back from all the politics and very public negotiations, this looks like a fight that both men need right now and one most boxing fans would love to see...at last.