By Charles Brun: Kell Brook is willing to entertain a rematch with Amir Khan should he activate the clauses in his contract for a second fight.
Brook (40-3, 28 KOs) isn’t sure why Khan would want a second match against him after the way he was blown out in six rounds in their fight last month on February 19th in Manchester, but he’d be willing to lace up his gloves for another go-round.
Some boxing fans believe Khan is simply looking for an easy step aside payment from Kell to allow him to move forward to fight Conor Benn or Chris Eubank Jr. in domestic-level dust-ups.
Khan’s once blazing hand and foot speed were largely gone after returning from the ring after nearly three years of inactivity.
The badly faded 35-year-old Khan (34-6, 21 KOs) looked like an entirely different person inside the ring against Brook, and the way he performed it’s not something he’s going to improve upon no matter how many times he fights from this point forward.
It’s hard to imagine being a promoter having to try and peddle a second fight between the 35-year-old Brook and Khan to the British public on pay-per-view.
Given how one-sided their previous fight was, the chances of it selling are slim & none. With that said, you can’t rule out the Khan-Brook rematch bringing in a respectable number of PPV buys if it’s marketed correctly with energy from both fighters.
I mean, if UK boxing fans are willing to buy Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte’s fights on PPV, they’ll happily pay to see Khan and Brook fight again.
“If he wants another whooping, he can have another whooping,” Brook told Sky Sports News about Amir Khan.
“I don’t know what he can say and come back to the table with. If he wants that rematch, I’ll dust them gloves off and do it again,” said Brook.
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has been banging the drum to put a fight together between Conor Benn and Brook. Hearn believes that would be a vast domestic fight, and obviously, he thinks Benn will win.
If not, Hearn wouldn’t let Brook near his young money-maker Benn, whose specialty is beating older fighters on their last legs. Hearn could be making a HUGE mistake if he lets Benn fight Brook because he still looks dangerous, like an uncleared 1940s era landmine.
Hearn should stick to matching Benn against the Chris Algieri’s of the boxing world rather than putting him in with Brook and watching him ruin the heavily-hyped but badly flawed son of British boxing legend Nigel Benn.
“I’m interested in the Eubank fight and the Conor Benn fight. I’m very interested in those fights,” Brook said.
“They’re big fights, they’re fights I could definitely get up for, and they’re definitely crowd-pleasing fights.
“I can’t just get up for any fight. It needs to be something I can get up for, to get the bit between my teeth,” said Brook.
With Brook’s attitude about not being able to “get up for any fight,” it’s easy to see why he hasn’t gotten more out of his career than he has.
I mean, Brook should have done a lot more than he did in the last six years since his consecutive defeats against Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr.
Sadly, Brook can’t get motivated enough to go back to work like ordinary people for his job unless it’s against the right opponent. What does that say about Brook?
When you see fighters like Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez working tirelessly at his craft and not complaining about needing the right opponent, it’s disappointing to see Brook bellyaching about needing to be motivated to get back to work.
What about all the average folk who find it in themselves to work in their professions? Do they say, ‘I need to be motivated to go to work today?’