Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that a deal for the highly anticipated welterweight showdown between Kell Brook and Amir Khan could be reached as early as next week. Khan, for the first time, publicly stated last week that he is now ready to face his unbeaten rival after years of failed negotiations between the two teams.
The former, unified light welterweight titlist (31(19)-3) was hoping to land a superfight with Manny Pacquiao, but we told you here last week that the Filipino star is instead heading to a clash with Terence Crawford – or possibly a trilogy fight with Timothy Bradley – which has cleared the way for the UK grudge match will likely land at London’s Wembley Stadium next May.
Khan was ringside with Hearn at the Smith v Fielding Matchroom card last month in an apparent thawing of relations between the two camps. Hearn has confirmed that talks with Khan are still ongoing and a deal for the IBF title fight could be reached next week. “Amir’s not got the Pacquiao fight,” Hearn told Sport 360. “I always felt Brook is the obvious choice, but Mayweather and Pacquiao were big fights for Khan and now they are not happening.
“I have said to Amir that if we don’t get this sorted in the next couple of weeks we will miss the boat for a summer fight. Brook one million percent wants the fight, now I believe Khan wants the fight, so we will meet next week and I believe we will get the deal done,” he added. In the interim, Brook is heading to a title defence against mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier which will land in February over in Canada.
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