Khan Still Deciding Between Brook, Crawford
Amir Khan has two opportunities on the table, awaiting his choice. One presents the chance for a long-awaited grudge match between him and British rival Kell Brook. On the other hand, Khan could accept $5 million in guaranteed money for a title shot against WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford at New York’s Madison Square Garden on March 23.
Khan’s bout with Phil Lo Greco last April marked Khan’s first bout in a professional boxing ring since suffering a May 2016 knockout to Canelo Alvarez. Khan knocked out Lo Greco in mere seconds, but his follow-up bout with Samuel Vargas in September saw Khan struggle, even get dropped, yet take a decision.
Brook, meanwhile, scored a second-round knockout of Sergey Rabchenko back in March before a lackluster, one-sided decision win against Michael Zerafa last month. These were Brook’s first bouts since losing the IBF Welterweight Title to Errol Spence Jr. in May 2017.
Crawford moved up from light welterweight, where he was an undisputed champion, to welterweight in 2018. Crawford stopped Jeff Horn to win the WBO Title last June before retaining the title with a 12th round knockout of Jose Benavidez Jr. back in October.
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn, who promotes both Khan and Brook, wants the British rivals to finally have their clash. But, ultimately, he says it’s Khan’s decision, and it’s not an easy one to make.
“It’s whether he fights Crawford or Brook, and it could go either way. I think he is torn, really,” Hearn told IFL TV. “He wants to fight Brook, but he loves the opportunity to fight Crawford in America. We spoke on the phone, it’s a tough one. You’ve got the lure of Crawford, one of the pound-for-pound best, and you’ve got one of the biggest British fights in history against Brook. If he doesn’t fight Brook, people in this country will always say: ‘You ducked Kell Brook.’ If he doesn’t fight Crawford, nobody is gonna say anything. No one is gonna go: ‘Argh, you ducked Crawford.’
I think he should fight Kell Brook. He must look at the Brook fight against Zerafa and go: ‘I can beat Kell Brook, I can stop him.’ Amir believes he will knock out Kell Brook. It would kill him to lose to Kell Brook, and vice versa. But that’s what makes it such a big fight, that what makes it have so much on the line: the fear of losing to this bloke you can’t stand.
Original Story: Boxing Scene