Kell Brook hasn’t given up on the idea of fighting Amir Khan in his next fight despite the IBF ordering him to defend his IBF welterweight title in his next fight against his mandatory challenger Errol Spence Jr. Brook says that Khan is keeping their fight from the boxing fans, who have been asking for the two of them to fight each other for a long, long time. Brook, 30, wants the opportunity to fight Khan so that he can knock him out, and he’s very eager to make the fight a reality.
The only way that Brook will be able to fight Khan with the IBF 147lb title still in his possession is if his promoter Eddie Hearn can give Spence a step aside payment so that he’ll move out of the way so that the Brook-Khan fight can take place. But with Khan showing no interested in fighting Brook, he’s pretty much stuck with having to fight Spence next. Hearn and Brook aren’t giving up on the idea of trying to get WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in fighting him or facing the winner of the March unification fight between WBC champion Danny Garcia and WBA champion Keith Thurman.
Brook said this to Fighthype.com about wanting a fight against Khan:
“You’ve got that Amir Kardashian,” said Brook. “There’s been talk about me and him fighting for years. People want to see that fight. He’s taking away from these lovely fans to give them the fight. I want to put him to sleep. I want to make the fight happen,” said Brook.
If Brook is starting to sound desperate for the Khan, Pacquiao, Garcia or Thurman fight you can understand why. Brook is facing another potential knockout loss with him ordered to fight Spence. Brook was stopped in his last fight by middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin last September. That loss raised Brook’s stock due to him being competitive at times with Golovkin until the fight was halted in the 5th.
If Brook loses to Spence, it’s going to be a much different story. No matter how you want to spin this. If Brook loses to Spence, he’s going to be in bad shape in terms of his career. He’s not going to be able to call for fights against Pacquiao, Khan, Garcia and Thurman, because those guys aren’t going to want to fight a guy with two consecutive losses on his record. Yeah, Brook can call them out, but they’re probably going to ignore him just the same. That’s why Brook is trying so hard to get one of those guys to fight him so that he doesn’t need to fight Spence and get potentially knocked out.