Guess what?! For the umpteenth time the negotiations to stage a huge British fight between Amir Khan and Kell Brook have fallen apart. If these two ever fight, it won’t be in the first half of the year.
Hopes were stoked that this fight would finally come off after Amir Khan made public proclamations that he was ready and willing to fight Brook, only to later shy away from that stance saying that he thinks Brook should make his mandatory title defense against Errol Spence first.
Of course the official reason the fight isn’t happening next is, ya know, money. Kell Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted that Khan was demanding a 70-30 split to make the fight happen which was a clear non-starter for them. Considering that Brook is currently the IBF welterweight champion, and that Khan holds no world title, they wanted something much closer to 50-50.
Eventually all parties involved got into a Twitter spat today which eventually confirmed that the fight was a no-go.
He is correct - at 70-30 we don't want the fight https://t.co/atpaLH8q8j— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) January 23, 2017
Eddie I'm the A side and you and kell know he will make more then he did against GGG. Don't you agree. https://t.co/7TbU05c7bN— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) January 23, 2017
Kell Brook would then jump in with his assessment of the situation...
Hearn would eventually confirm that any plans for a Khan-Brook fight were dead until at least later in the year with Khan telling ITV that Brook has walked away from the fight.
Brook will now have to decide if he’ll make his mandatory title defense against Errol Spence or vacate his title and move into the junior middleweight division where he’s expected to perform more comfortably.