Khan warned fight against Brook will be ‘now or never’
Kell Brook might be forgiven his frustration with Amir Khan this week as the Sheffield fighter prepares for what he believed was a warm-up fight against Australian Michael Zerafa tonight before facing his British rival in a grudge match early next year.
Both Britons are signed with promoter Eddie Hearn, but it appeared this week that Khan may have been attracted towards a lucrative showdown with Bob Arum-promoted Terence Crawford, the World Boxing Organisation welterweight champion from Omaha, Nebraska.
Khan has forever been drawn to two things: fights in the United States, and the pound-for-pound list. Unbeaten Crawford, a threeweight world champion, sits inarguably in the top five in the world. Legacy, not a scrap over bragging rights, is what Khan seemingly craves. It makes Brook’s world title eliminator all the more important. “I’m doing everything I can to make this fight, everyone knows it’s him who is running scared,” said Brook.
Hearn has warned the Bolton fighter this could be a closing time to sign. “Amir seems to think the Brook fight is always there. It’s not,” he said. “This is now or never. Let’s give the British public what they want. If Amir can beat Kell, he could fight Crawford after for more money than he’s going to get now.”
Brook says he will target the best light-middleweights if the contract is not signed. “I want any elite fighter. I’ve got that buzz again.” Zerafa, who has lost twice during his professional career, warned the former welterweight world champion not to overlook him. “We’ve seen flaws in Kell,” he said, “and if there are too many holes in a ship, it sinks.”
Meanwhile, Brtiain’s Tyson Fury has been granted approval for a “direct rematch” with World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Fury and American Wilder shared a controversial draw in Los Angeles on Sunday.