Hearn expects Khan vs. Brook negotiations to be completed by December
By Trevor McIntyre: Eddie Hearn is counting on getting the mouth-watering mega clash negotiated next month in December for the Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook welterweight domestic fight. Hearn wants to get the fight negotiated in December so that he can make the official announcement.
It’s difficult to take Hearn seriously anymore when he talks of being on the verge of putting the Khan vs. Brook fight together. Hearn has spoken of the fight being close for ages, and it’s still never happened. The Khan-Brook mega-clash is so badly passed it’s sell by date that it’s more of an old timer’s type of encounter. It’s a bout between guys that were at one time relevant, but who no longer are in this day and age.
Hearn thinks he can get past the major stumbling block in the negotiations with the 10 lb rehydration clause that Khan is asking for. Hearn has been straddling the fence in taking both sides seemingly at once in discussing Khan’s rehydration clause. Hearn would like Brook to understand that he might not get the fight against Khan if he doesn’t agree to the rehydration clause. But at the same time, Hearn admits that the IBF title won’t be on the line for the Khan-Brook fight, so there’s no point in a 10 pound rehydration clause.
“I believe the fight will happen, and I think it will be done before the end of the year,” Hearn said to skysports.com. “If we are going to get it done for February or March, we must get it done before the end of the year.”
For the Khan-Brook fight to take place in February or March of 2019, Brook (37-2, 26 KOs) needs to win his fight next month against Michael Zerafa (25-2, 14 KOs) on December 8 at the Sheffield, Arena in Sheffield, England. That’s supposed to be a mismatch/tune-up for the 32-year-old Brook, but you never know.
Brook’s recent history of eye problems makes it a potentially risky fight for him. Brook suffered busted eye sockets affecting his left and right eyes in his fights against former middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in 2016 and Errol Spence Jr. in 2017. In both of those bouts, Brook was ahead at one point in the fights before suffering the eye injuries. The outcome of the fights likely would have been much different if Brook’s eyes had held up. The one constant in both fights was the punching power of Brook’s opponents. Golovkin and Spence are both huge punchers, and Brook’s eyes couldn’t hold up under the pounding from them.
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