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Hatton: Brook-Khan is a 50-50 Fight; They're at Similar Stages

By Keith Idec

If Kell Brook and Amir Khan indeed fight at the end of Khan’s new three-fight contract with promoter Eddie Hearn, Ricky Hatton views it as an encounter either boxer could win.

“It’s very hard to say,” Hatton told Sky Sports News. “They’re at similar positions in their career. It’s one of those exciting fights. It’s like a 50-50 one. You toss a coin because they’re both similar and are at similar stages of their career.”

The British rivals each will try to overcome knockout defeats during upcoming matches in England.

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The 31-year-old Brook (36-2, 25 KOs) is set to battle Belarus’ Sergey Rabchenko (29-2, 22 KOs) on March 3 in Sheffield, Brook’s hometown. The former IBF welterweight champion has been stopped in back-to-back bouts by middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin and IBF 147-pound champ Errol Spence Jr., and needed reconstructive surgery to repair broken orbital bones following each of those losses.

Khan (31-4, 19 KOs), who’s also 31, hasn’t fought since Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez knocked him out in the sixth round of their WBC middleweight championship match in May 2016. The former WBA/IBF super lightweight champ will return from nearly a two-year layoff April 21, when he’ll face Canada’s Phil Lo Greco (28-3, 15 KOs) at Echo Arena in Liverpool.

If Brook and Khan win, they’ll build momentum toward a long-discussed domestic showdown that would earn them plenty of money. The retired Hatton is intrigued by the thought of it, but admits, “It’s one of those horrible ones because they’re both my mates.”

Hatton considers it a true crossroads fight for each of the former champions.

“It would be a defining fight for both,” Hatton said. “The loser then retires and the winner moves on to bigger and better things. I’d like to have seen it a few years ago, but in boxing sometimes it never happens, sadly.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mrgreb on 02-12-2018

[QUOTE=whatismyname;18480398]Khan needs to be bullied by Brook for Brook to win. If Brook does his usual 1-2, Khan will win. Will be interesting to see if Brook changes up. Always fun to see a boxer having to work out of…

Comment by whatismyname on 02-12-2018

[QUOTE=mrgreb;18480316]If Khan can stay focused for 12 rounds, then he can win. However, he struggles to do that against orthodox fighters. The fight will likely be at a catchweight too, so that will benefit Brook more than it does Khan.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by mrgreb on 02-12-2018

If Khan can stay focused for 12 rounds, then he can win. However, he struggles to do that against orthodox fighters. The fight will likely be at a catchweight too, so that will benefit Brook more than it does Khan.

Comment by them_apples on 02-12-2018

Khans not that fast. Especially now that he bulked up. His speed was always a myth, sure he looked fast but he telegraphed all his shots like a wind up toy, absolutely nothing crafty or deceptive about the guy which…

Comment by Dontae She'marc on 02-12-2018

Khan will either make Brook a cyclops or Brook will make Khan a headless horsewoman. Honestly I'd pick Brook, but his eyes are poop now

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