Amir Khan has said very plainly that he wants to face Kell Brook next, and that he’s hoping to make the fight happen at a UK stadium in March 2019, which promoter Eddie Hearn is confident he can get done.
From Hearn at Sky Sports:
“I think early March is the date that is sort of penciled at the moment. I’ve seen the footage where apparently Amir shook his hand and said ‘Trust me, it’s happening’. Hopefully it is. It’s just whether it goes early March, or late May.”
“It’s what I want next, so let’s make it happen. But at the end of the day, I want Kell to get through this (Dec. 8) fight - and in good style - so it makes our fight even bigger. I hope he doesn’t get beat. If he does our fight’s off. I’ve topped bills in America but I’m back in the UK, and it’s nice coming back and topping the bill again. But I don’t just want to top the bill, I want to do something special, so it’s got to be a stadium fight. I want to do it in March. Let’s do that.”
Brook (37-2, 26 KO) returns to action on Dec. 8 for a tune-up fight with Michael Zerafa (25-2, 14 KO), which he’s expected to win without much trouble, which could set up the big fight with Khan (33-4, 20 KO) after years of media back-and-forth between the two.
The big issue still appears to be the rehydration clause that Khan wants and Brook does not, but Hearn sounds like he thinks he can get the fighters past that. Khan-Brook would be at 147 pounds.