Amir Khan has finally agreed to fight Kell Brook in Manchester on 19 February, following discussions with the British Boxing Board of Control. The victor will be fighting for a world title at Wembley Stadium later this year.
Amir Khan and Kell Brook are set to fight in Manchester on 19 February. If Amir wins, he will become the first Pakistani-born boxer to hold three world titles.
Amir Khan v Kell Brook will be a boxing match that takes place on 19 February. It is the fight that Amir Khan has been looking for since his last defeat.
By the time Khan (left) and Brook meet in February, they will have been dormant for almost a year.
On February 19, Amir Khan will meet Kell Brook, another former world champion, at the AO Arena in Manchester.
The long-time adversaries have finally agreed to an all-British fight after years of unsuccessful discussions.
Brook, 35, hasn’t fought since being knocked out in the fourth round by American Terence Crawford in November 2020, while Khan defeated Australia’s Billy Dib by unanimous decision in January.
The bout will be broadcast on pay-per-view in the United Kingdom as part of the Boxxer promotion.
Khan and Brook engaged in a head-to-head during a press conference in London to promote the fight, and security had to separate them within seconds.
“Amir Khan will be knocked out for the last time,” Brook stated afterwards, adding that his opponent had never treated him with the respect he deserved and accused him of avoiding the fight.
Khan said, “I’m going down levels to take this battle.” “I’ve defeated the world’s top fighters and conquered America.”
Khan, who rose to prominence after winning silver in the 2004 Olympic Games, has a professional record of 34 victories and five losses.
In 2009, the 34-year-old Bolton boxer fought Andriy Kotelnik for the WBA light-welterweight championship in his 22nd bout, and he has also held the IBF title since 2011.
Brook, a Sheffield native, has won 29 fights with three losses and was the IBF welterweight champion from August 2014 to May 2017.
Since 2010, there has been a rivalry between the two teams.
With a rivalry that spans more than a decade, this battle has been a long time coming.
Brook confronted Khan in 2010, while he was the WBA super-lightweight champion. The boxers sat side-by-side on Sky Sports boxing program Ringside two years later, in October 2012, with each men giving their respective versions of sparring anecdotes on how they “schooled” the other.
Khan mentioned again at Monday’s fight announcement how he allegedly “schooled Brook with one hand,” which led to his participation in the Team GB Olympic roster.
Khan moved to the United States, therefore the battle did not take place. Despite back-to-back defeats by disputed split decision to Lamont Peterson and a knockout loss to Danny Garcia, he was still a strong attraction in the United States, winning outstanding fights over Luis Collazo and Devon Alexander.
Meanwhile, Brook concentrated on his own quest for a world championship, and in 2014, he had probably his best night in the sport when he beat American Shawn Porter on points in California to win the IBF welterweight gold.
The bad blood continued to fester.
At Monday’s press briefing, security had to separate Khan and Brook.
Brook challenged Khan once again after defending his championship with a fourth-round victory over Jo Jo Dan the following year.
Khan, on the other hand, said that “Brook has to wait” and instead sought fights with pound-for-pound superstars Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, whom he believed would have a wider worldwide appeal.
Khan stepped up weight divisions in May 2016, he was spectacularly knocked out by Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Brook damaged his right eye socket in a middleweight loss to Gennadiy Golovkin in September 2016, then broke his left eye socket – and lost his IBF welterweight belt – when he was stopped by Errol Spence Jr. eight months later.
Two years later, Brook said that Amir Khan had “let the public down” and blamed him for the lack of a bout between the two.
Both fighters were defeated when they faced Crawford, with Khan being pulled out in the sixth round by his team after stating he was hurt by a low shot in their 2019 fight.
In the last three and a half years, Khan and Brook have only fought four times. They will have been out of the ring for almost a year by the time they meet in Manchester.
With defeats on their records, a lack of activity, and both arguably beyond their prime, it seemed that a fight between Khan and Brook would be a forgone conclusion.
‘They’re beyond their prime, but they’re worthy of a paycheck.’
Kal Sajad is a sports journalist.
While some fans may argue that it’s better late than never, Khan v Book is no longer the contest it once was. This was once the largest all-British boxing match in history, and it might have filled out any stadium in the nation.
Despite the fact that they are beyond their prime, there is real hostility between two boxers who have sparred for years. There haven’t been many ‘grudges’ between rivals in the history of boxing, and this is one of the biggest.
The exciting build-up has already begun. Brook accused Khan of avoiding him and focused on popularity and celebrity status at the bout announcement, while Khan continued to dismiss Brook as beneath him. At the top table, we even had both of their fathers.
Some in the boxing world, like Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, believe that both combatants are looking for one final payday. Khan and Brook have given us some spectacular evenings in the sport, from Khan’s ‘cracking America’ and determination to take on the greatest to Brook’s outstanding performances, the highlight of which was his victory against Porter.
Perhaps they are worthy of that pay day for everything they have accomplished in the sport and the way they have represented British boxing on the international stage.
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