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Kell Brook still open to Amir Khan fight despite “extreme” demands

Kell Brook says he’s willing to bend to some of Amir Khan’s demands but that Khan is just going overboard.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

The ongoing saga between bitter rivals Kell Brook and Amir Khan appears to have no end in sight. The fight has been long-awaited by many — in fact many have waited so long for it to happen that they have lost interest for the time being. Of course I’d expect all of that to change if the two could ever reach the end of a successful negotiation.

But that won’t be happening in the short term, though, as that potential fight has been nixed for now due to Khan’s 70-30 purse split demand, despite Brook being the welterweight world champion. Speaking to Sky Sports on the negotiations, Brook says:

"Of course it's extreme and not just the split.

"[Khan] also wants to have the fight in Bolton. He's also arguing about who comes out first and second. There are many, many things - I could go on all day.

"Seventy-thirty? He wants to give the champion 30 percent of the cut? He's completely in cuckoo land, that kid."

As disappointed and frustrated as Brook is that he still hasn’t been able to land a fight with Khan, he says he’s still open to bargain with him and willing to bend to some of his demands. That said, he isn’t keen on getting completely railroaded in negotiations.

So with that big fight on the shelf for the time being, Brook has an important decision to make on where he goes from here. Brook is still due to make a mandatory title defense against Errol Spence, but it is widely believed that Brook would be best suited to campaign at 154lbs (considering the hell he has to go through to make 147lbs).

Brook says he’ll ultimately make a decision on his immediate future (whether to make his welterweight title defense or vacate and move to junior middleweight) within the next few weeks.

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