Amir Khan vs Kell Brook: Eddie Hearn offers damning verdict

  • Zak Leech

The long-awaited grudge match between Amir Khan and Kell Brook goes ahead this weekend.

Taking place at Manchester Arena, the fight looks like it will be the final chance for each ageing competitor to set the record straight.

Phrases like ‘this time it’s personal’ and ‘the gloves are off’ have been thrown around, but is the bout as much a personal affair as it has been built up to be? Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn certainly doesn’t think so.

The straight-talking and sometimes unintentionally funny boxing mogul has previously promoted the pair and tried to set up a fight between them until negotiations fell through, but he has recently slammed the idea of the two fighting now.

Hearn even went as far as branding the fight a ‘money grab.’

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Talking to SecondsOut, he argued: “I’ve been involved in money grab. But [Khan-Brook] is [a money grab].

“It’s just the two of them going, ‘Let’s not be silly. This is massive money for the both of us. Let’s make the fight, mate.’

Boxing – Boxxer Press Conference – Amir Khan & Kell Brook – London Hilton, London, Britain – November 29, 2021 Amir Khan and Kell Brook pose for a photograph during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

“But they are both 50 per cent the fighters they once were. But it’s still going to be a 50-50 fight. I still look at Kell and it looks like he’s training hard.

“Khan doesn’t look particularly sharp or great, but he’s going to give it his everything.”

Hearn doesn’t even think he will part with his money to watch the bout, adding: “I’m interested to know who wins. Will I sit down and watch it, probably not.

“Of course, I want to know what happens now.

“It’s intriguing now. Both guys are finished. You just don’t know what’s going to happen.

Eddie Hearn
Eddie Hearn

“When I was trying to make the fight there was so much more at stake.

“Now, it’s almost like a shake of the hands. ‘Listen, let’s just do it.’”

While the eyes of Eddie Hearn may be one less pair descending on Manchester Arena, it’s expected 20,000 fans will be attending the event, with tickets selling out in just 10 minutes when they originally went on sale.

Brook is currently looking to be the favourite with 4/7 odds compared to Khan’s 11/8, but with the pair being past their prime, this could be anyone’s match.

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