Amir Khan Looking to Continue Career Resurgence with Win over Kell Brook
It’s the bout boxing fans have been after for years and it looks like Matchroom Sport leader Eddie Hearn is about to give them what they want and deliver Amir Khan versus Kell Brook. Negotiations are believed to be in the early stages at present but those with their ear to the ground are confident this long-running feud will finally be sorted.
That’ll capture the attention of not only lovers of the noble art but also punters who enjoy betting on the biggest and best matches the sports has to offer. The latest boxing odds make for interesting reading with traders taking up position on the fence over who would edge what would be an explosive battle between two warriors desperate to relaunch their careers.
So, who does win? A look through the recent form of Amir Khan makes him a man worth keeping close…
Amir Khan is the former world champion who lit up the amateurs before making an eye-catching fast-start in the pro game. He was very well looked after in the early exchanges of his career, but the wheels fell off when dismantled by little-known Columbian Breidis Prescott back in 2008. Stopped in a round that night the picture of Khan fumbling around on the canvas after a heavy knockdown will stick with him for life. Mention Amir Khan and you automatically think Prescott.
Defeat at the MEN Arena in Manchester stunted his progress but it certainly didn’t knock the Bolton lad off-course and he eventually won a world title when beating Andriy Kotelnik on points in 2009 for the WBA world super lightweight gong. King Khan defended the strap with a stunning first-round KO win over Dmitriy Salita and also added the scalps of Pauli Malignaggi and Marcos Maidana.
Things haven’t gone so well for the 31-year-old of late, however, with a run of poor form and time away from the sport made worse by a long list of personal problems, including the well-documented issues with his marriage. Time in the celebrity jungle brought him back into the public eye and he made light work of Phil Lo Greco in his April comeback, dishing out a first-round knockout.
The 5ft 8inch orthodox’s CV now reads 32 wins against four defeats with three of those losses coming by way of knockout. As well as Prescott he has also been cut-down by Danny Garcia and, most recently, Saul Alvarez in six rounds up at middleweight.
The Canelo fight was filed under ‘failed gamble’ with a jump up two weights to face one of the division’s biggest hitters going exactly as experts predicted. Khan enjoyed bits and pieces of success in the early part, but it was always a matter of time before Saul landed the knockout blow.
That loss remains his only negative in seven fights however with that run stretching back to the summer of 2012. In that time Kell Brook has lost twice, both by stoppage. Special K was battered into submission by Gennady Golovkin – no shame there – and Errol Spence Jr. Could Khan complete the hat-trick?