Khan: ‘The Kell Brook fight could come after Crawford’

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By Tim Royner: Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) says his April 20th fight against Terence Crawford doesn’t mean he still can’t face Kell Brook in the near future. Khan says his fight with Brook (38-2, 26 KOs) can still happen after he faces the unbeaten Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) for his World Boxing Organization welterweight title on April 20 on ESPN PPV. 

Brook said he would lose interest in a fight with Khan if it doesn’t take place next. However, with the slim options that Brook has for big paydays, he’ll likely still be interested in facing Khan no matter how badly he loses to Crawford on April 20.

Khan says he would have likely fought Brook, 32, if he didn’t take the fight with Crawford, which he feels is the bigger global match-up. Brook is a good opponent domestically for Khan, but not so much as far as worldwide attention. The reason for that is obvious. Brook has fought outside of the UK just twice in his 15-year career against Luis Galarza and Shawn Porter. Few U.S boxing fans paid attention to Brook’s mismatch against Galarza in December 2011 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Brook has mostly been heard about from worldwide boxing fans in his fights against Gennady Golovkin, Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter. 

Brook did not look good in any of those fights. Brook broke down and was halted by GGG and Spence, and in his fight with Porter, he was clinching frequently and not making it entertaining for the boxing American boxing fans, who prefer to see action rather than holding when watching the sport. 

“If this fight didn’t come, then I think it would have been the Brook fight,” said Khan to skysports.com. “But I think the Brook fight is still going to be there, and it could be after this fight.”

From Brook’s perspective, it’s not a good deal that Khan is facing a guy that has a very good chance of knocking him out and not just beating him on April 20. Khan losing to Crawford will be bad enough, but if he gets knocked out badly in the process, it’s going to take away a lot from a fight with Brook that would come immediately after in 2019. If you’re Brook, you can’t be happy to see Khan fighting a talented fighter like Crawford. So many things can wrong for Khan in that fight.

If Khan is knocked unconscious like he was in his loss to Saul Canelo Alvarez in 2016, he might need another extended rest from boxing to recover from the stoppage or whatever injuries he sustains in the fight. Khan was out of action for two years after his loss to Canelo. If we see a repeat of that, then Brook will be waiting around for Khan to stop licking his wounds until 2021.

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