Jordan Ellis @JordanEllisUK
Kell Brook appears to be in no-man’s-land with Amir Khan once again opting not to take a fight against him.
A rivalry that seems to have simmered for an eternity appears destined to never be resolved. With both fighters under the same promotional banner a fight between Khan and Brook seemed inevitable. Unfortunately for Brook and British fight fans a huge opportunity came knocking for Khan, one apparently to big to pass up.
WBO Welterweight champion Terence Crawford has halted a potential Khan-Brook dust up for the time being by offering Khan another opportunity to fight for a world title, in America against arguably the best fighter in world boxing. Always one to shoot for the stars, Amir Khan gladly accepted the challenge and will travel to the US April 20 for another shot at being a champion.
The fight with Brook remains a possibility but with time ticking by and both fighters moving further away from their prime years, any future fight will be diminished.
For now, though, it’s time to move on and Brook is certainly not short of options.
Jeff Horn’s name has been thrown into the mix by his promoter Dean Lonergan. He told Sky Sports he was pushing for the matchup.
“I’ve got a text into Eddie at the moment, my matchmaker has an email and a phone call into Eddie, we love this fight, to have Jeff Horn fight Kell Brook.”
The Australian is coming off the back of a devastating 96 second knockout of victory of compatriot Anthony Mundine. The fight was billed as the biggest fight in Australian history and was part of a $59.95 pay-per-view event.
He holds a high profile, yet highly controversial victory over Manny Pacquiao and his lone career loss comes against pound-for-pound star and future Khan opponent, Terence Crawford.
A Brook-Horn fight would surely be pay-per-view in both the UK and Australia, providing a very lucrative option for Brook who at 32 years of age, must be looking to maximize his earning potential before cashing out of the sport in the next couple of years.
Liam Smith put pen to paper on a 3 fight promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing last week, immediately producing excitement amongst UK boxing fans over a potential clash with Kell Brook.
Smith made his intentions clear upon his switch from Frank Warren to Eddie Hearn.
“I’ve always had a good relationship with Eddie and I’m happy to be working with him. The Kell Brook fight is a big fight and it’s one that could come into play but I haven’t signed with Matchroom just to fight Brook. I’ve signed with Matchroom to try and become a world champion again and I believe that Eddie’s the man to take me there.”
Smith is a former world champion, only losing to the very best in Saul Canelo Alvarez and Jaime Munguia, losses that enhanced his reputation stateside with as he put on two very gutsy performances.
He and Brook have sparred previously, with the released clips suggesting should this fight ever be made we could be in for a treat.
With the home of Liverpool FC, Anfield now open to host boxing events Smith and Brook could look to fill the 54,000-capacity stadium in a summer showdown. First, Smith will fight March 30 at Matchroom’s Liverpool show, against the always exciting Sam Eggington.
Rest of the world?
Kell Brook’s less than convincing performance in his last outing against Michael Zerafa saw him become mandatory at 154lbs for Jarrett Hurds WBA belt but also brought about questions surrounding Brook’s future in the division.
Hurd who also holds the IBF title and looks to be the man at 154, having previously beaten WBC title holder Tony Harrison, whilst WBO title holder Jaime Munguia is still developing at just 22 years of age.
The American has called out Brook but made it clear any fight would be on his terms.
“What we want is a fight with Kell Brook because we want a durable opponent, somebody who will be competitive and a fight with Kell Brook would be really competitive. I’m the champion. He would have to come to me.”
The fight is there should Brook’s team choose to take it, but issues of size are glaring. Brook at 5’9, is very much one of the division’s smaller men coming in 4lbs inside the limit for his last fight, he appears to be edging towards dropping back down in weight. Hurd at 6’1 is a huge super welterweight and such size disparities would certainly hamper any chances Brook would have in the fight.
Kell Brook has proved he can make 147lbs time and time again. However his struggles to do so have been long documented. With no governing bodies to appease and the IBF imposed check weight rule now removed from the equation Brook may fancy a return to the Welterweight division.
He is simply outsized at 154lbs, anything other than returning to 147 will only end in disaster.
Why wouldn’t he want to return?
Welterweight is one of the most stacked division’s in boxing, with Crawford, Spence, Thurman and Porter holding the four major belts. Whilst Pacquiao, Broner, Khan Garcia, Horn and Vargas all compete in the division which provides many high-profile fights and lucrative opportunities.
Even with Khan off the table once again (for now) Kell Brook is certainly not short of options.
It’s time to make bold moves and emerge from the shadow of the Khan fight which has constantly stalled Brook’s career thus far and look to capitalise on the many opportunities that lay in front of him.
A massively exciting 2019 is in store for boxing fans in which Kell Brook hopefully plays his part by bringing big time boxing to the UK.