Amir Khan vs Kell Brook: Ricky Hatton makes his prediction

  • Zak Leech

With old rivals Amir Khan and Kell Brook set to go toe-to-toe this Saturday at Manchester Arena, years of speculation and debate will end with the boxers not having to finish their careers on a ‘what if.’

The feud between the two has woven itself through both of their respective careers, beginning when Khan was picked over Brook for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Khan later claimed that he ‘schooled’ Brook in sparring sessions and refused to use headgear and wore bigger gloves to help give Brook a chance.

Negotiations for the fight have gone on for years and arguments between splitting profits have only added to the bad blood.

But, with the long-awaited bout finally kicking off this weekend, Ricky Hatton, a former champion himself, has weighed in on what he expects from the fight.

Hatton argues that in the past he would have expected Khan to win, through the use of his stamina, speed and footwork.

Hatton told Sky Sports: “Maybe it should have happened a few years ago, but I think it’s an even better fight now. As you get older you don’t have the same stamina or speed.

“Amir has the speed, the boxing ability, the footwork and movement to give Kell trouble. But Amir gets drawn into a fight – and that’s why we love him!

“As he gets older, Amir might go into the trenches early which will make for a great fight. From rounds six, seven, eight or nine, Amir cant get drawn in, then it shifts in Kell’s favour. 

Hatton went on to discuss the mind games that he believes Khan is playing with Brook stating: “You need to stay cool, stay confident, stick to the game-plan. Amir has had a few digs at Kell. I don’t think Kell is falling for it.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Amir Khan and Kell Brook go head-to-head as they announce an upcoming fight during a BOXXER Press Conference at Hilton Park Lane on November 29, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

With years of speculation, arguments and ‘one-upping’, it almost seems like a shame that the feud will all be settled by the end of the week, but with both camps looking confident in their fighter and denying the need for a rematch clause, it looks like this will be the final chance for one of these fighters to leave a lasting mark in, not only the sport, but finally settle the long-standing argument.

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