Amir Khan and Kell Brook have been linked with a showdown with each other for the majority of their professional careers. Up until now, a deal was unable to be struck, which denied boxing fans to see this exciting bout.
Although Khan and Brook are arguably past their peak in the sport, the all-British showdown will take place in February in Manchester, and it will still have a great amount of appeal.
Brook, who is now 35, has opened as the odds-on favourite at 4/7 in the boxing betting markets. The former world champion took on Terrance Crawford in his last assignment but was beaten in that WBO welterweight contest.
Special K is likely to be a popular in the boxing predictions Saturday tips and previews. He has suffered defeat just three times as a pro, and all of those have come against world class opponents (Gennady Golovkin, Errol Spence Jr and Crawford).
Success against Khan could earn Brook the opportunity to fight for a world title again. Spence Jr holds the WBC and IBF belts in the division, while Yordenis Ugas is the WBA’s Super champion.
The last time Brook faced a British opponent was in 2015 when he successfully defended his IBF welterweight title against Frankie Gavin in London. The showdown with Khan will be just his third appearance in the ring in the last two years.
Brook’s career went off course when he lost to Golovkin. He stepped up in weight to fight the former pound-for-pound number one boxer in the world in 2016. Golovkin was too strong and forced a stoppage in the fifth round. Unfortunately for Brook, he suffered a fractured eye socket and has not been as impressive in the ring since then.
Khan Has Had Inactivity Since 2019
Former unified light-welterweight champion Khan has not boxed since he beat Billy Dib in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in July 2019. The man from Bolton remains committed to boxing and has claimed he has no plans for retirement anytime soon.
Khan needed just four rounds to beat the former featherweight world champion. He showcased his power in that fight, knocking down the Australian twice before Dib’s corner threw the towel in.
Like his rival Brook, Khan also suffered defeat to Crawford. He took on the American in April 2019 and was stopped by the defending champion in the sixth round. Three fights earlier, the Olympic medallist recording a crushing loss to Canelo Alvarez.
Throughout his career, Khan has chased the biggest names in the sport. Although he never landed fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao, two men he was often linked with, he has been part of some huge bills.
No title will be on the line on February 19, however, a score is set to be settled between two boxers who have often been compared to each other. It also could be the last chance for the winner to prove they still have what it takes at the highest level.
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