Kell Brook couldn’t bear to field one more question about his long-discussed grudge match with Amir Khan never seeing the light of day.
Even if some will argue that their upcoming February 19 clash is coming far too late, the silver lining is that it could represent the last stop in the storied career of at least one participant.
“I’m just sick of people coming up to me, asking when are you going to fight him, when is it going to happen,” Brook noted during a press conference held Monday afternoon to formally announce their Sky Sports Box Office event. “Now we’ve got a date in Manchester. February 19, that’s when Amir Khan hits the deck for the final time.”
The fight—which will take place at AO Arena in Manchester—comes upwards of a decade in the making. Khan was already a welterweight contender and well past his days as a junior welterweight titlist by the time Sheffield’s Brook (39-3, 27KOs) captured the IBF title in an August 2014 win over Shawn Porter. A title reign of nearly three years was never enough to entice Bolton’s Khan (34-5, 21KOs), whom his longtime bitter domestic rival insists was the root of the cause behind this fight taking so long to make its way to a boxing schedule.
“It started from his original promoters back in the day. He’s always seem to veer off, never given no respect, no acknowledgement,” insisted Brook. “He’s saying, ‘Fight this guy, I’ll fight ya… win a world title, I’ll fight ya.’ He’s always run away.
“It’s come to this part of his career. He’s got to fight. There’s nowhere else for him to run. This is the biggest fight out there for him, the biggest money fight.”
Khan has not fought since a knockout win over former featherweight titlist Billy Dib in July 2019, coming shortly after his sixth-round stoppage loss to three-division and reigning WBO welterweight champ Terence Crawford earlier that year. Brook was stopped in the fourth round of his own title bid versus Crawford last November, his last fight to date.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox