Khan: Brook Agreed to Move Down to Face Me
As long as Amir Khan pulls off his expected victory over Samuel Vargas on Sept. 8, questions of who’s next will lie ahead. While some may speculate a title opportunity in the near future, there’s one opponent for Khan many have wanted to see him face — Kell Brook.
There have been various roadblocks that have prevented the fight, but Khan says it’s one step closer now with both men fighting under Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn. According to Khan, the biggest obstacle comes with what weight class the fight would be contested at.
“So now it’s all over that weight, he’s at 154, I’m at 147. I know I had my last fight at 150 because I was two years out,” Khan said. “But I’ve always said I was 147, now he’s agreed to the fight in the interviews that he’ll come down to 147. So now it’s all about the agreements, doing the negotiations.”
Khan has mainly competed at light welterweight and welterweight, but he stepped up to middleweight to challenge Canelo Alvarez for the WBC Title in May 2016, losing by knockout. Khan’s catchweight bout with Phil Lo Greco back in April was his first bout back since the Canelo fight, and his upcoming match with Vargas will be his first at welterweight since 2015.
As IBF welterweight champion, Brook also had an experience of challenging a middleweight champ in 2016, as he was easily manhandled and knocked out by Gennady Golovkin in September 2016. Brook then defended the IBF Title in May 2017 but lost to Errol Spence Jr.
Brook returned to the ring in March, defeating Sergey Rabchenko via second-round knockout in a super welterweight bout.
“I’ve left it to my team,” Khan said. “‘Listen, if it makes sense fighting Kell Brook — let’s take that fight.’ So that’s where we are at the moment.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene