By Harry Howes, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR KHAN appearing on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! could be the catalyst for a grudge fight against Kell Brook.
The Bolton-born fighter shocked the boxing world last week as he joined a host of celebrities in the jungle for the 17th series of the hit TV show.
Khan is attempting to rebuild his reputation following a public split with his wife during the summer, in which he accused her of having an affair with Anthony Joshua.
The pair have since got back together and Hearn is convinced Khan’s appearance on the show will change people’s opinion of him.
"Amir is in the jungle - I like that move, I don't mind it," he told Sky Sports.
"People take the mickey out of him. The thing is with Amir Khan, sometimes his PR has been poor and he has come across terribly.
“The thing is with Amir Khan, sometimes his PR has been poor and he has come across terribly. ”
“But when you sit down with him and meet him, I've never left him thinking anything else but 'he's a nice guy'.
"Everyone you speak to says the same thing. Maybe the jungle will give people an opportunity to see the real Amir.
"I thought the snake thing was hilarious - but that's okay because people like you to be exposed and open. He was, and he laughed."
Despite his venture into reality TV, Khan is determined to return to the ring next year.
The 30-year-old hasn’t fought since May 2016, when Saul ‘Canelo” Alvarez knocked him out, and talk of a bout with Brook has been brewing for several years.
The ‘Special One’ is still recovering from a broken eye socket suffered in his defeat to Errol Spence Jr in May but Hearn is confident of finally putting him up against Khan next year.
He added: “I know they are both coming off losses but they are both elite fighters.
"The grudge is real. It's an all-British super fight. I'd like to see them both in the ring, getting some wins under their belts, and moving onto some huge fights.
"Amir Khan has achieved a lot in the sport and still has a lot to give. Khan-Brook is still a huge fight.
"I think Kell will return in March, I'm not sure what Amir is going to do. I'd like to see him return in March or April as well, and potentially build towards a fight in the closing period of 2018.
"2018 is the year for that fight. Once we start moving to 2019, have we missed the boat?
"I had a good meeting with Kell Brook [last week]. It looks like he will return in early March at the Sheffield Arena at 154lbs."