Amir Khan Vs Kell Brook: Barry Hearn says ‘Father Time is ticking away’ on huge domestic showdown
For plenty of boxing fans, the expected happened on Saturday night when Terence Crawford retained his WBO welterweight title against Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden.
Barely any boxing fans, however, could have
predicted the way he would do that.
Khan retired from the fight in the fifth round after suffering a clear low blow – one that Crawford would deny – and the boxing world waits for Khan’s next move.
The former two-time world champion could easily retire and hold his head up high, but the long-standing feud with Kell Brook could be settled before he calls it a day.
For Barry Hearn – father of Matchroom boxing kingpin Eddie – that’s the only move Khan has. And he better do it now before the match completely loses its lustre.
“The danger for both of them is the clock’s ticking,” Hearn said. ‘They need to sit down now in a quiet room and say let’s get this fight signed for September or October.
“It’s difficult to judge Amir. Is he over the hill, or was he simply just quite not good enough to beat Crawford? I think the latter is probably closer to the mark. He showed an energy and a drive that suggests he still has something left in the tank.
“There are big fights out there for both Brook and Khan, and Brook has got to think about bringing himself down to 147lb if he’s going to fight Khan, and it gets progressively harder to take off weight in safe fashion,” Hearn said.
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“They need to sign it and fight fans can plan for what I think will be a big fight. If they don’t make that decision now, frankly Father Time is ticking away and so is the interest in the fight.”
It’s hard to argue with Hearn. This is a fight that has been bubbling in the background for years and four or five years ago, it would have been a huge, internationally received showdown.
Brook claimed that Khan ‘took the easy way out’ of his fight with Crawford, a notion Khan vehemently denied.
While the domestic dispute still has legs, it has to happen this year.
Source: SportsLatest TS