Friday, October 12, 2012
Brook-Khan rumblings begin
By Dan Rafael
Kell Brook is a top-10 welterweight contender and Amir Khan, a former junior welterweight titlist, hopes to become one himself, when he eventually moves up in weight.
They are also both from England and if they ever fight each other, it will be a really big fight for their country, and also a pretty darn interesting match even for those of us who couldn't care less where they are from.
If -- more likely when -- they do fight, it won't be for a little bit. They both have fights already on the schedule with Brook slated to face Argentina's Hector Saldivia in a title eliminator on Oct. 20 at the Motorpoint Arena in Brook's hometown of Sheffield, while Khan returns from his July knockout loss to Danny Garcia to face Carlos Molina on Dec. 15 in the Sports Arena in Los Angeles.
If Brook beats Saldivia, he will be the mandatory for the winner of the Randall Bailey-Devon Alexander title bout, which is also on Oct. 20, although on a different card.
But after that? If you listen to Eddie Hearn, Brook's Matchroom Sport promoter, the talks for a Brook-Khan showdown are already under way.
Khan and Brook also stoked interest in a possible future match with a joint appearance on Sky Sports' "Ringside" boxing news studio show last week.
"I spoke with Khan's team a month or so ago and again after their appearance on Ringside," Hearn said. "It's certainly a fight that can be made. It's too big to be ignored and it's only a matter of time before the public virtually insist on Brook versus Khan happening."