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Brook: Khan is killing himself to make 140

Amir Khan Kell BrookBy Sean McDaniel: Unbeaten welterweight contender Kell Brook (23-0, 16 KO’s) is eagerly waiting for WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KO’s) to finally move up in weight to the welterweight division so that he can get a crack at fighting Khan. Brook, 24, realizes that the 5’10” Khan will have to move up in weight sooner or later because he’s quickly out-growing the 140 pound limit at light welterweight. Brook can’t wait until Khan finally does move up, as he wants to face him and add his scalp to his resume.

In an article at the BBC, Brook said “He’s [Khan] definitely going to step up. I know that he’s killing himself to make ten stones so he’s going to move up to my division. Best thing for me to do is to gran hold of a world title and then he needs to fight me because he’ll want that belt I’ve got and it will be easier to make the fight happen.”

Brook is partly correct. He will definitely help himself by capturing one of the welterweight titles. However, it might not be easy to get a shot at one of the champions because the WBO welterweight champ is Manny Pacquiao, and he won’t likely ever fight a little known fighter like Brook. I can see Brook getting bypassed forever as long as Pacquiao is the champion. Brook isn’t currently ranked in the top 15 by the IBF, WBA or WBC in the welterweight division. That makes it even tougher for Brook to force one of these champions to fight him. He could end up waiting forever for Pacquiao to finally give up his WBO belt before he has a chance to try and claim it against someone like #1 WBO contender Mike Jones. And at the same time, even if Brook did capture one of the titles, Khan could easily move around him to take on one of the paper champions like Jan Zaveck or Vyacheslav Senchenko. Khan wouldn’t need the aggravation and danger of facing someone as skilled as Brook when he has two paper champions he could pick to fight.

Khan will likely do whatever he has to do to stay at light welterweight because he’s vulnerable against the bigger punchers in the welterweight division. At light welterweight, Khan has a much better chance of staying on top for longer than he does at welterweight.

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