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Eddie Hearn to have one more go at making Amir Khan vs Kell Brook

The Matchroom promoter says he’ll roll the dice on that fight one last time.

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

You know what would be a good, fun matchup? How about Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook! I wonder why no one has ever thought of that before...

Yet years after the two British rivals have circled one another for a big domestic clash, the fight is no closer now than it ever has been — and truthfully speaking it’s because Khan wants no parts of that fight, no matter what he might spew into a microphone.

If a Khan-Brook fight ever was to happen, it was looking like its best shot was when Khan signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, which put him under the same umbrella as Brook. So with both fighters aligned from a promotional standpoint, Hearn and Brook reached out to Khan about finally making the fight a lot of people waited years for.

But when it appeared that progress was finally being made towards that fight, Khan instead took less money to challenge Terence Crawford for his welterweight title. What would happen next was pretty embarrassing, with Khan quitting the fight in the sixth round after getting hit with a punch on his hip. Khan, of course, denied that it was a quit-job, even when Crawford himself called him out on it during the post-fight press conference.

Afterwards Brook said a potential fight between Khan and himself was ‘dead,’ though no one really believed Brook knowing how long and hard he’s sought out that fight. So now with Khan in limbo, and Brook also looking for a return before the end of the year, Eddie Hearn says he’ll make one last run at trying to put Khan and Brook together.

“I still want to make that fight. I’ll give it one more roll of the dice,” Hearn said.

“I will tell them: ‘Guys, spring 2020, let’s do it’.

After going on to say he hopes he’ll finally get this fight over the finish line, Hearn says that Brook is still a hungry fighter with something to offer.

“He still has the hunger, and still wants to knock out a certain Mr Khan.”

But, in all honestly, there’s really not much hope for optimism here. For as many times as a Khan-Brook fight has been touted, and no matter how many times Khan might have expressed some sort of vague interest in facing Brook, he’s always managed to turn his back on the fight when it came down to it. So why should this time be any different?

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