Mathchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is like a dog that has a bone that he just won’t let go of when it comes to the negotiations for a fight between his fighter Kell Brook and Amir Khan. Hearn wants to make that fight on May 20 or May 27, but Khan is making it difficult for him by letting him know that he wants to fight a tune-up match before he agrees to that fight.
Hearn doesn’t want to give up on the negotiations though, because if he does, it puts Brook in the uncomfortable situation where he might need to defend his IBF welterweight title against his mandatory Errol Spence Jr. It’s all so easy for Hearn though. If it were entirely left up to him, he would have Brook vacate his IBF belt, and move up to 154, where he can wait until one of the best fighters at 154 agrees to fight him.
Hearn says Brook would be at 154, but he really wouldn’t be though. Hearn has no intentions of having Brook target one of the titles at 154. He just wants him to be at 154 while he waits for the big names at welterweight to fight him.
“When you’re talking about a split; Amir might say ‘I’m a much bigger name’,” Hearn said to skysports.com. “We disagree because we’re world champion. How much value do you put on a belt? Amir might say ‘I’m a much bigger name’. We disagree because we’re world champion. I always say to fighters that ‘without each other, you aren’t getting paid’.
Brook is the IBF champion right now this minute as far as the negotiations with Khan goes, but it doesn’t mean that he’ll be the champion when they fight. The International Boxing Federation has ordered Brook to fight Errol Spence Jr. next, not Khan. That means if Brook doesn’t face Spence, he gets stripped of his title. So when Brook and Khan fight, it won’t be for the IBF title. It’ll just be a business fight in the UK. Brook can’t use his IBF title to get a bigger slice of the revenue for a Khan fight, because he’ll be vacating the title.
“We’ve got to decide whether to stay at 147lbs or move up to 154lbs. I want Kell to move up to light-middleweight, he shouldn’t be at welterweight. But Amir knows his best chance is at welterweight. We have a meeting on Friday. Hopefully we can say ‘let’s get this going’.”