By Lewis Calvert @BigWriteHook
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
Amir Khan has chosen to get beat by Terence Crawford instead of Kell Brook in his next fight. The domestic rivalry between Khan and Brook has bored British fans for the last five years and though nobody can knock Khan for challenging for a World title on 20th April 2019, it seems like an oxymoron that he is in one sense ducking Brook, for a much harder fight against a pound-for-pound great.
Here we explore each man’s role in the Khan, Brook and Crawford saga…
King Khan claims he “dares to be great” and in truth, he was great; the kid with lighting fast hands, a unified Word champion and Olympic medalist.
We all know about his heavy KO losses and he was recently dropped by Samual Vargas, once again bringing his chin into question. His heart however, has never been in doubt. If Khan can get up, he will.
But in recent years, he has tarnished the fantastic reputation he had in boxing by appearing on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here; stealing strawberries from his camp mates and being scared of snakes.
Pepper into his life a video of him APPARENTLY wanking on webcam, a very public fallout with his wife which included false claims she had slept with Anthony Joshua and now thinly veiled insults to a scumbag newspaper about Kell Brook being gay. It sullies what is an undeniably good sporting career and detracts away from the amazing charity work Team Khan does all over the globe.
Khan has spent his professional days chasing Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Maybe in leading Brook on for so long, Khan, the A-side, got to feel like the superstar he always wanted to fight. It is therefore a little bit sad he doesn’t throw his domestic rival a bone, as he knows how it feels to chase a big money fight. It also holds the British boxing fans in disregard, to not give them the domestic clash they want, or at least wanted, to see.
The plan, it seems, is to shoot for the moon that is Crawford and his World title, and if he loses, land on the British star that is Brook. A star who may not be shining as brightly as he once was.
Special K, it has been said many times over, does not have a very special record. His boxrec reads like a Sheffield United subs bench, with barely a notable name in sight.
A career high of beating Shawn Porter for a World title in America, Brook could very well blame Chris Eubank Jr. for the demise of his own career: filling in for Jr. as cannon fodder against Gennady Golovkin saw Brook suffer his first loss and take extreme damage to his eye socket and fearless mentality.
He then lost his World title to Errol Spence Jr. in his next fight; taking a knee to protect his second fractured eye socket and now broken mental state. From here, Brook’s entire career has come into question.
He though, can not be blamed for the Khan fight not happening. Brook has made all the sacrifices in weight and purse split to suit his rival and yet still been dismissed for years. Possibly by Khan playing mind games.
What more can Brook do?
It may be a case that he has to become the World champion Khan wants to face. Which would mean going back to the well to fight current World champion Shawn Porter again, Porter may be tempted to avenge his loss or Brook may want to exercise his own daemons against Spence. Neither of which look likely. So he may want to move back up in weight and try for a title there. Or retire as many fans have suggested.
Bro, don’t mind Crawford. He’s just kicking ass and taking names. This motherfucker is going to ice Khan and then try and unify all the belts like he did at lightweight. He doesn’t care about the petty squabbles of these two Brits. And you know what? Maybe we shouldn’t either. Enjoy…