Hearn Feels Khan-Brook Deal Completed Next Month
When Amir Khan signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn for his comeback earlier this year, it was the start of a set-up to get a long-awaited bout between him and British rival Kell Brook.
And now Hearn feels there’s a good chance the deal for a fight between the two men becomes official sooner or later. According to the Matchroom Boxing promoter, there’s a good chance the deal is completed next month — provided that Brook is victorious in his Dec. 8 matchup against Michael Zerafa without injury.
Hearn believes the bout will happen in late February or early March, taking place either at the Manchester Arena or in London at the O2 Arena.
“I believe the fight will happen, and I think it will be done before the end of the year,” Hearn said. “I’d like to get it done before Kell’s fight with Zerafa and we can get them both in the ring. I believe it is Amir Khan’s birthday, December 8 as well. If we are going to get it done for February or March, we must get it done before the end of the year.
It is the biggest fight out there for British boxing, outside [Anthony] Joshua against [Deontay] Wilder, and it’s a fight everyone’s wanted for years and years and years.
The biggest holdup to the deal is a potential rehydration clause Khan wants. This would force Brook to undergo a second-day weigh-in, where he’d be prohibited from weighing more than 10 pounds above the welterweight limit.
“There’s still some work to be done, but we are all working together to make it happen and I don’t think there’s ever been an occasion where that’s been the case,” Hearn said. “Everyone is quite positive. I had a meeting with Amir’s team last week, Kell wants it and I obviously spoke with his dad as well, this week. It’s just a case of putting the numbers together but I think everybody understands that it must happen next.”
Original Story: Sky Sports