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Amir Khan eyes Kell Brook for his boxing return

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British boxer and promoter Amir Khan (34-5, 21 KOs), who has been away from the ring since July 2019, is aiming to break his hiatus against fellow countryman Kell Brook (39–3, 27 KOs) and wants the fight to take place at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester.

Since winning the vacant WBC International welterweight title against Aussie pugilist Billy Dib at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 12th July 2019, Amir Khan has been away from the squared circle.

In the past, Khan was unable to secure big-money fights with the top tier at 147 such as Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, while his attempts to lock horns against Brook, the former IBF welterweight titleholder were met with failures as well.

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Amir Khan last fought Billy Dib in July 2019 in Jeddah. (Image Courtesy: Maynard Communications)
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Brook, on the other hand, challenged Terence “Bud” Crawford for his WBO belt back in November last year at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, but lost the fight via a 4th round TKO. Interestingly, Khan had challenged Crawford his title as well, two months prior to the Dib fight.

While the past attempts to land a fight against Brook has been unsuccessful, Khan is hopeful to secure the clash with his compatriot this year on home soil and has even reached out to Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn to make the fight happen and that too, right at the home ground of Manchester United.

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Right time to make that fight happen with Kell: Amir Khan reaches out to Eddie Hearn

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In an interview with Sky Sports, Amir Khan revealed that he spoke to Hearn regarding the fight with Brook, while also adding that the latter’s team is yet to make a response.

“I was on the phone to Eddie. I said, ‘Let’s get the fight made.’ We’re not getting a clear response from Kell’s team, that they want to take the fight,” Khan said in the interview, “it has been a fight that we’ve been talking about and it obviously didn’t happen because I was campaigning in America, fighting over there.”

“I think now is the right time to make that fight happen with Kell,” the former WBA (Super) and IBF light-welterweight champion went on, “we both have been world champions. We’re both British and in the north as well. Imagine making a huge fight like that happen at the Old Trafford football stadium. It would be a massive fight.”

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