A domestic grudge match between Amir Khan and Kell Brook would not place any titles on the line, but it’s a fight British fans have been demanding for some time. Both were once promising prospects for British boxing, but their paths to the top have been a little bumpier than expected. Khan hasn’t fought since his brutal knockout loss at the hands of Canelo Álvarez, and Brook is hoping to rebound after back-to-back losses against Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence.
Negotiations are ongoing at the moment. Khan has ventured into the world of reality television, featuring in the latest season of “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!” and Brook is eyeing a March return.
Amir Khan spent a good portion of his career chasing a mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao, but now that his stock has been significantly lowered, he’ll have to set his sights elsewhere. Brook, meanwhile, has been busy chasing Khan.
While there’s still a long way to go before the fight is set in stone, there’s a decent chance the two Brits will meet in the ring before 2018 is over. Be ready to pounce on the moneyline when it’s posted at most-trusted sportsbooks, which should happen soon.
Amir Khan (+100) vs Kell Brook (-137), Draw (+2200)
There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding both fighters at the moment. Khan (31-4, 19 KOs), the former WBA light-welterweight champ, hasn’t stepped into the ring since making the jump to middleweight and getting knocked out by Alvarez back in 2016.
Kell Brook (36-2, 25 KOs), a former IBF welterweight champion, also made the leap to middleweight in 2016, facing Gennady Golovkin for the WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles. He was undefeated at the time and started the fight well, but his camp was forced to throw in the towel after GGG shattered his eye socket.
His next fight, a mandatory title defense against undefeated Errol Spence, ended in a similar way. Brook dominated the earlier rounds but began to tire as the fight wore on. Spence took over and unloaded some heavy shots. Brook took a knee and never stood up. For the second time in as many fights, his eye socket had been shattered.
In hindsight, it’s clear that making the move to middleweight for a big-money fight was a terrible idea for both Khan and Brook. The defining factor when they face each other may well be their mental states. Brook seriously considered hanging up the gloves after losing his title to Spence, and Khan recently went through a very public separation with his wife and has been in the public eye for all the wrong reasons since his last loss.
Both fighters have pretty clear strengths and weaknesses. Khan is a deadly combination puncher with lightning speed, but he has an extremely suspect chin. Brook is a technically gifted fighter with a high ring IQ, yet now has serious durability concerns after his last two fights left him with two busted eye sockets.
If this fight had been made in early 2016, which very nearly happened, I’d be inclined to pick Brook. But after the beatings he took against Golovkin and Spence, he is not in a good mental or physical state. Back Khan, especially if you can bet on him at better than even money.
Pick: Amir Khan (+100)
Odds Khan vs Brook happens in 2018: 9/10 (-110)
Brook’s plans to return for a March fight at Sheffield Arena. As for Khan, nobody knows. What we do know is that, with both coming off losses, this is the money fight for them, and it’s the bout British fight fans want to see.