Hearn: If Khan wants Kell Brook he’s going to have to agree to a 50-50 deal
By William Mackay: WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan has already mapped out his future plans after he moves up to the welterweight division next year. Khan wants to fight No.2 WBO ranked welterweight contender Kell “Special K” Brook (24-0, 16 KO’s) in his first fight at the next weight.
Khan knows that a fight between him and Brook will be huge in the UK and he can make big cash in a fight like that. However, Brook’s promoter wants the fight to be conducted on even terms with Brook getting 50% of the purse. That sounds perfectly reasonable to me given Brooks’ high ranking in the division and the fact that Khan is moving up in weight.
Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport said this to thesun.co.uk: “We’re going to get a world title so if Khan wants him, he needs to come up with a 50-50 deal.”
Somehow I can’t see Khan agreeing to that. He seems himself as the bigger name and I’d be surprised if Khan and his promoters from Golden Boy Promotions offer Brook much more than 30%. No way will Brook be offered a 50-50 deal, even if he’s holding one of the paper titles at welterweight. I just can’t see it.
Brook fights #11 ranked World Boxing Organization contender Rafal Jackiewicz (38-9-1, 19 KO’s) on October 8th at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK. The fight is a WBA welterweight title eliminator with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger for WBA champion Vyacheslav Senchenko. Brook would have to be favored against Senchenko, who is little more than a paper champion. However, Matthew Hatton wants to get the first crack at Senchenko, so it should be interesting to see if he beats Brook to the fight. Of course, Brook still has to beat Jackiewicz in October, but that’s pretty much a given. Jackiewicz is slow, and not particularly impressive. Brook should beat him with ease.
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