A fight between welterweight stars, Amir Khan and Kell Brook is something fight fans all over the world have dreamed of for some time. Sadly, the fight failed to materialise, and for Amir Khan, the excessive trash talk is to blame.
In the past two years, the fight has been close to a done deal on more than one occasion.
Early last year, negotiations were held between all parties involved. However, in the end, Brook opted to fight his mandatory Kevin Bizier, while Khan, instead of taking a tune-up fight, fought Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Moving forward to late 2016 with both fighters coming off losses to Canelo and Golovkin, respectively – negotiations resumed.
Talks between the two teams were surrounded by heated social media outbursts from both fighters, their teams, and their fans.
In the end, negotiations broke down with Hearn’s claims of Khan demanding a 70/30 split, and Khan’s insistence that his team could produce a more lucrative guaranteed purse for both fighters.
After leaving the negotiation table, Brook chose to stay at 147lbs and defend his IBF Welterweight Title once more by taking on his mandatory challenger, Errol Spence Jr.
Khan, on the other hand, sought the likes of Manny Pacquiao. Unfortunately for Khan, the Pacquiao fight fell through, and he is currently without a dance partner. It is unknown when he will next step into the squared circle, but it is likely to be after Ramadan, which ends in late June.
Reflecting on the whole situation, Khan feels that a fight with Brook would have resulted in a WWE style fiasco – fuelled by trash talk and false hatred.
“I just think sometimes the promoters kill a fight before it happens,” Khan told The Telegraph. “It just seems to me Eddie Hearn does more talking than Brook. They’re making this into a war when it’s just a sport. I don’t need it in my career. I just think it became a slagging off match. Me and Eddie. Everywhere I went people said knock him out, do this, do that. It just got messy.
“I don’t need that in my career. If me and Kell Brook fought each other, we’ll be talking sh*t about each other at press conferences, and putting each other down so much people will think this is a joke, this isn’t real. I never want to be known for a fight like that. I know it’s going to make me trash talk. Do I need the fight? No. My career has been great, and I’ve still got good fights ahead of me.”