Kell Brook upset at Khan wanting 10-lb rehydration clause for 2019 fight
By Tim Royner: Amir Khan said on Tuesday that Kell Brook had agreed to a 147 pound weight along with a 10-pound rehydration clause for a fight between them in 2019. However, Brook is criticizing Khan’s request for a 10-lb rehydration clause, and he’ sounding like it’s not a done deal after all that it’s agreed to.
Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) is looking to gain every advantage he can get against Brook (37-2, 26 KOs), and boiling him down to 147 pounds seemingly isn’t enough to satisfy him. Khan also wants Brook to agree to a 10-lb rehydration limit on the day of the fight. Brook can probably make the 147 pound weigh-in limit, but asking him to keep his weight at no higher than 157 lbs on the day of the fight could be asking for too much.
“Please Mr Brook don’t rehydrate and hurt me “
— Kell Brook (@SpecialKBrook) October 9, 2018
As you can see, Brook isn’t agreeing to the rehydration clause of ten pounds for the Khan fight. Whether that’s something that Khan and his promoter Eddie Hearn can get Brook to eventually agree to is unclear. Perhaps Brook agreed to the 10-pound rehydration clause verbally but then had second thoughts about it.
Here’s what Khan said to skysports.com about Brook having agreed to the 10-pound rehydration clause for their fight:
“Nothing can stop it. He’s agreed to be 147, and also have a rehydration clause of 10 pounds. I’m happy with that. If he’s happy to take that, so am I. That fight can happen then 147 it is, and we’re with the same promotional team, so that makes the fight even easier. Let’s see what happens.”
Khan may have spoke too soon about Brook supposedly having agreed to the rehydration clause. Brook is saying the opposite. He’s saying he’s going to make the 147 pound weigh-in limit on the day before the fight, and then eat as much as he wants to gain the weight back.
Brook’s rejection of the rehyration clause might feed Khan the excuse that he needs not to make the fight happen. Brook could be shooting himself in the foot by turning down the rehydration clause. He’s the one that badly wants the Khan fight. Khan has other options for big money fights against fighters like Manny Pacquiao.