Brook: I want to hurt Khan, he doesn’t deserve the Mayweather fight
By Allan Fox: Unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook thinks Amir Khan is trying to jump in front of the line for a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr without earning the fight by taking on the best fighters like himself and Keith Thurman.
Brook believes that Khan doesn’t deserve a fight against Mayweather after fighting just twice at welterweight. He thinks Khan needs to pay his dues and fight the top guys before he gets a fight against a star like Mayweather.
If Mayweather does decide to fight Khan rather than another contender or champion then it’ll be a business decision. Mayweather will decide that a fight against Khan will bring in a lot of pay-per-view buys on Showtime, and that’ll be why he takes the fight. Mayweather-Khan might be a big enough fight to bring in 1 million pay-per-view buys, but it’s not a fight that will bring in huge numbers due to Khan not having a huge fan base in the United States, and because of Khan’s previous defeats to Breidis Prescott, Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia.
Khan isn’t seen as invincible by knowledgeable fans, and he’s never avenged any of his previous losses before. That right there will keep the Mayweather-Khan fight from being a huge success.
“I still don’t think he [Khan] deserves that fight,” Brook said via Sky Sports last Saturday night. “He’s had two fights at welterweight and he’s trying to jump the queue and get the big fight. The fact is, I want to hurt him. I want to hurt Khan and give the British public the fight they want to see.”
Since moving up to welterweight, Khan has faced Luis Collazo and Alexander. Keith Thurman, a fighter that many boxing fans see as the future of the sport, has repeatedly called out Khan but with no luck. That’s the guy that Khan should have arguably fought last night instead of Alexander, because a win over Thurman would have put Khan in an excellent position to get the fight against Mayweather. But beating Alexander, who has already lost to Tim Bradley and Shawn Porter, isn’t nearly as big a victory as it would if Khan were to face Thurman.
“I’m fighting in March, I think I’m going to get my mandatory,” Brook said. “I want to fight the big names in the summer: the likes of [Tim] Bradley, [Keith] Thurman, [Juan Manuel] Marquez, [Manny] Pacquiao, Mayweather. I want the massive, massive fights in 2015 in the summer.”
If Brook faces one of those guys and comes out on top then he’ll put a lot of pressure on Khan to face him in the future. Khan has been reluctant to battle Brook for some reason. In the past, Khan’s excuse was that Brook didn’t have the experience and didn’t have any notable names on his resume. But now that Brook has beaten Shawn Porter, Khan has shifted his excuse to where he’s now saying his focus is on Mayweather. But with Mayweather not fighting Khan, he would be better off facing Brook while he waits until Mayweather finally decides to face him.