Kell Brook vs. Amir Khan will not be taking place in 2017, after a last-minute change in demands from Brook’s management. A meeting took place last Friday – with Eddie Hearn and Asif Vali appearing to have come to an agreement over guaranteed purses for each fighter, and with potential venues being narrowed down to three – including Bolton’s Macron Stadium.
The fight needed little more than a seal of approval, and that never arrived, with Kell’s manager (and father) Terry Brook having a change of heart. With all financials seemingly agreed, Brook requested a 50-50 split for his son, and the meeting abruptly ended soon after – with him walking out after his demands were not met.
If he [Kell Brook] had that much confidence in beating me, then he’d take it in a heartbeat.
There are rumours rife this morning that Khan priced himself out of the fight with a 70-30 demand, though as Asif Vali, Khan’s manager, told BNTV, that’s “nonsense”. Vali also went on to slam Brook’s management after a disappointing collapse in negotiations, saying, “Their ego is bigger than ours”. Khan believes Hearn is unhappy with Brook’s management for scarpering negotiations so close to the finish line – even suggesting the Matchroom promoter has sided with him over the issue. Talking to BNTV, he said:
“Eddie was in the meeting. He agrees with me now and he’s p*ssed off with Kell. It’ll have been his [Kell Brook’s] biggest payday. He’d have got more money than he did against GGG. Forget about the percentage – it’s all about how much he’s going to make. It’ll be a lot more than he’ll get against a mandatory, or against anyone else. It just seems to me like he wants to pull out of this fight, and out of the Errol Spence fight, and wants to go back to fighting people like JoJo Dan and Kevin Bizier.
“We offered him a lot of money. My team met him and Eddie, and obviously, Kell’s team don’t understand that we’re being more than fair with this deal. If he [Kell Brook] had that much confidence in beating me, then he’d take it in a heartbeat. If this fight doesn’t happen, it’s down to him.”
The fight was due to take place in May, whether the IBF belt was on the line or not. As revealed now, however, negotiations have hit a dead-end. Brook will now either face Errol Spence Jr or move up to 154lbs, and Khan’s representatives will be meeting with Al Haymon in the coming days to discuss their next move – which will be at 147lbs.