By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR KHAN has been offered almost £8m [$10.1 million] to face Kell Brook.
The Bolton fighter’s promoter Eddie Hearn has urged him to reject £3.9m [$5 million] to face WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford - and pocket double by facing Brook early next year.
Hearn said: “The offer is already in and what he can make for the fight. He has got the Crawford offer, we all know what that is – it is public.
“He can make more than double for this fight. Maybe money is not the be all and end all, but you have to take note.”
Hearn’s offer to Khan is a flat fee plus an upside of the pay-per-view revenue for the fight should it be more than £7.8m.
The Matchroom chief is still confident the all-British battle would generate huge numbers despite Brook’s laboured points win over little-known Aussie Michael Zerafa on Saturday night.
The Sheffield star started sharply but was dragged into a battle by the big underdog after failing to get an early stoppage in front of a half-empty arena in his home city.
But Hearn has no fears about the Brook and Khan fight selling out.
He said: “When they get together it will be the biggest thing going because they cannot stand each other.
“People will know about the history and the build up. It will be the most epic build-up for a completely 50/50 fight.
“Are they still in the primes of their career? There is an argument that Kell is not as good as when he fought Shawn Porter, maybe Amir is not as good as when he boxed Marcos Maidana.
“But they’re still world class fighters. After that performance by Kell, I have to say Amir is the favourite in the fight.
“There is still enough interest to have it in a stadium but you don’t have to do it in a stadium. It could be done in an arena.
Khan is expected to make a decision on the Crawford fight in the next week.
But Brook has also agreed to the welterweight limit and a 10lb rehydration clause on the day of the fight.
Brook added: “All people ever ask me is, ‘When will you fight Amir Khan?’
“I am ready. Let’s talk numbers. There is no bigger than Brook vs Khan in Britain. It’s war of the roses.”