Brook thinks Khan has found new way to avoid him
By Juan Flores: Former welterweight champion Kell Brook believes that Amir Khan’s decision to enter the reality TV show ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here’ is a new way for him to avoid fighting him.
Khan, 30, has been out of action since last year. Khan says he wants to fight 3 times in 2018, so there’s a chance that one of those opponents will be Brook.
Khan needs to show the boxing world that he’s not an over-the-hill fighter like believe to be the case. Khan needs to regain look good next year when he returns to the ring. Khan fought only once in 2016 against Saul Canelo Alvarez and once in 2015 against Chris Algieri. Khan looked bad in both fights. The last time Khan fought well was 3 years ago in his win over Devon Alexander in 2014. 3 years is a long time to go between impressive performances in boxing. Khan needs to show that he can turn his career around or else he might need to think about retirement.
“I think he’s traveled over to the other end of the world to get away from me,” Brook said to skysports.com. “The next thing he’ll be saying is, if Kell comes to the jungle and lasts longer than he does, he’ll fight me then!”
Brook hasn’t fought in a while as well. His last fight was in May of this year in getting stopped in the 11th round by Errol Spence Jr. Brook suffered a broken eye socket in that fight, and he’s been out of action after having surgery on the eye. This is the second time Brook has suffered an eye injury. Brook suffered the same type of injury to his right eye in his loss to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin last year in September.
With the frequency of the eye injuries that are occurring, Brook will need to think about retirement himself if he suffers another eye injury in his next fight. That would make 3 consecutive fights in which Brook has problems with his eyes. If that’s not a signal that it’s time for Brook to hang up his gloves, then I don’t know what is. Given the frequency of Brook’s eye injuries, you can understand why he wants to fight Khan so badly.
The money that Brook can make facing Khan would be huge, and it would be an excellent golden parachute for the “Special One” if he’s eventually forced to retire due to injuries soon. Getting the fight with Khan right now makes all the sense in the world for Brook, but he can’t force him to take the fight. Khan will likely eventually face Brook, but it might not happen until things are looking bleak for him career-wise. That could happen as early as next year for Khan if he does fight 3 times like he says going to.
“I still want to come back, I still want to be world champion, I still want to have big fights,” said Brook.
Brook says he’s going to be fighting in early 2018. He plans on fighting at 154 when he comes back. It’s going to be tough on Brook competing in the junior middleweight division. Those guys hit hard, and if he faces the wrong guy like Jermell Charlo or Jarrett Hurd, they could break him down and stop him just Errol Spence and Gennady Golovkin did.