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Ricky Hatton views Khan-Brook as a defining fight for both boxers

The former fighter believe Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook is a true toss-up fight.

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

Former world champion Ricky Hatton spoke to Sky Sports about the potential for a fight between long-standing rivals Amir Khan and Kell Brook now that Khan has signed on with Matchroom. Hatton suggests, considering where both fighters currently stand in the respective careers, that the fight could mark a definitive moment for both.

“It’s one of those exciting fights, it’s like a 50-50 one, you toss a coin because they’re both that similar and are at similar stages of their career.

“It would be a defining fight for both, the loser then retires and the winner moves onto bigger and better things.”

Like most fans, Hatton says he would’ve loved to see the fight happen a few years ago, but now worries about where Khan is since being knocked unconscious by Canelo Alvarez in his last outing.

Hatton likens Khan’s experience to his own, when he was brutally knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in 2009 — something he’s admits he had a hard time coping with. But Hatton has even more concern for Khan because he’s already been brutally knocked out three times.

“...when I look at Amir, he’s had three bad knockouts and sometimes you worry can you come back from three of them. It’s hard enough to come back from one horrendous knockout but he’s had three.”

Brook himself hasn’t had the best of fortunes over his past couple fights, having both of his eye sockets broken in consecutive bouts against Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr., and hasn’t fought since May of last year.

Even still, Hatton is hoping for the best for both fighters, but isn’t emphatic about making a choice between Khan and Brook because he’s friends with both guys.

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