Hearn on Brook-Alexander, Response to Amir Khan
Kell Brook will set aside his desire to knock-out Amir Khan in order to reach his dream of winning a world title, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
The unbeaten Sheffield light-welterweight last month earned the right to be the IBF mandatory challenger with a third-round demolition of Hector Saldivia, but suggested afterwards he may opt to pursue a domestic grudge match with Khan instead.
But after talks with Hearn, the 26-year-old looks set to head stateside in January for a fight with current belt holder Devon Alexander, who won the title last month with a points win over Randall Bailey.
Brook and Khan have made no secret of their dislike for each other over recent times, and an all-British tear-up would no doubt sell out many an arena.
Hearn has told his man that fight can still happen, but has advised him to take on Alexander first.
Brook's win over Saldivia was the final instalment of a trilogy of bouts at the Sheffield Arena this year, with interest in him increasing over the course of victories over Matthew Hatton, Carson Jones and finally Saldivia.
"Kell wants to make a statement," Hearn added. "He's served his apprenticeship, he's filled arenas in Sheffield, got to the mandatory position and now it's time to take a punt, and what a big punt. He's a great fighter, Alexander, and if you beat him, you set yourself up as a superstar and for some mega fights, so that's why we're taking it."
One of the mega fights Hearn refers to is a match-up with Khan. The Bolton man, currently rebuilding his career after a high-profile split with trainer Freddie Roach, has openly told Brook to step-up in order to fight him.
Hearn, though, thinks Khan will have to dance to Brook's tune should the self-styled 'Special One' return from America with a title.
"Kell wants to fight Amir Khan so badly, but you have to tell him that can happen down the line," he said.
"I saw Amir Khan come out and say 'if Kell wins a title I'll fight him'. It's not his decision. If we win the title, we'll decide and dictate on our terms. Khan and Kell are great fighters, it's one the British public want to see and it has to happen."
[QUOTE=Jakutindi Wauya;12697023]I dont normally reply imbeciles but to every rule there's an exception. Just take your meds and your views about my post will change.[/QUOTE] Brook wouldn't win a round against Khan????? smhComment by FlatLine on 11-14-2012
[QUOTE=The Weebler II;12696925]Ricky Hatton might fancy the Brook fight if he beats Alexander (and obviously if Hatton gets by Senchenko).[/QUOTE] I think Hatton gets KOd early by Brook, it's not a great style match up for him. He'd be better…Comment by Jim Tom on 11-14-2012
[QUOTE=DonCarlos83;12696979]I applaud you sir............. You have without doubt won The Most Ridiculous Post of the year award. Congratulations you are a moron.[/QUOTE] I dont normally reply imbeciles but to every rule there's an exception. Just take your meds and your…Comment by Jim Tom on 11-14-2012
Khan is the cashcow in the UK south of the heavyweights.He is in a different market and class.Whether people like to see him lose or win people still pay to watch Khan fight.If you were to brand Khan in the…Comment by Prince Mongo on 11-14-2012
[QUOTE=jhon123;12696199]How can eddie say if kell wins a world title he would dictate terms against khan, there are so many belts in boxing now it has become belts are useless,khan is a much bigger draw in the UK than Kell…Post a Comment/View More User Comments (21)