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Khan should be thinking Kell Brook, not Floyd Mayweather
Even though Amir Khan is scheduled to fight Chris Algieri on Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, the real fight everyone should be talking about isn’t Khan vs. Floyd Mayweather.
Not even close.
The real fight that everyone should question as to why it’s not happening is Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook, the IBF welterweight champion. Both fighters are from the United Kingdom and will do MASSIVE numbers fighting in a soccer stadium such as the legendary Wembley Stadium in London, England.
If Carl Froch vs. George Groves can draw 80,000 into Wembley Stadium, so can a fight between two of the welterweight division’s finest. Brook wants the fight and his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Promotions wants to make the fight happen.
“We have offered him almost treble the money he’s been making,” Hearn said. “He doesn’t want it and I don’t blame him necessarily. I think Amir Khan knows his boxing, I think he knows his chin and he knows that Kell Brook is a huge animal at welterweight.”
Instead of fighting Brook for a 147-pound title, Khan has decided to face the lesser Chris Algieri, a former WBO junior welterweight champion who survived 5 knockdowns against Manny Pacquiao and lost widespread decision last November.
“He’s fighting Algieri who didn’t win a round against (Manny) Pacquiao, a feather puncher, not a big puncher,” Brook said. It doesn’t make sense to me. I’m world champion, I’m calling him out, we want the fight, there’s a word title and a bagful of money and it doesn’t make sense that he’s fighting this guy who’s bringing nothing to the table.”
Khan is in no rush to fight Kell Brook.
“You know a fight with Kell Brook will always be there in the U.K.,” Khan said. “So obviously if I want to fight in America and have the big fights and beat the big names against the likes of the Mayweathers and Pacquiaos then I think I have to campaign more here in the states. Obviously Brook wanting to fight me, he’s doing that for the payday. He’s not really bother about losing to me, he just wants that big paycheck.”
Khan added: “Why should I let him come for that paycheck when he hasn’t really proven himself fighting the top elite guys while I’m proving myself against the likes of the Judahs, Maidanas, Kotelniks, Garcias, and the Petersons when he’s taking the easy route? He just wants that big paycheck, so I’m not going to let him do that.”
And what is Khan doing? Hasn’t Khan, for the last two years, been waiting for a chance to fight Mayweather? Khan has kept busy fighting carefully-selected opposition that wouldn’t jeopardize a fight with Mayweather. There is a reason why Mayweather has opt to fight Robert Guerrero, Marcos Maidana (twice) and Canelo Alvarez ahead of Khan. That’s because, they deserved their shot at fighting Floyd.
But Khan is playing a game. A game similar to when Mike Tyson reigned supreme as the Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion and boxing’s premier attraction from since the mid-1980s to the early 2000s. Every top heavyweight sat out months and spent years fighting overmatched opponents while they waited for an entry into the “Mike Tyson Sweepstakes.” Tyson’s opponents would make millions in one night fighting him than they would their entire career.
Khan is patiently waiting for Mayweather, as he has fought a series of inferior and overmatched opponents since suffering consecutive losses: a controversial decision against Lamont Peterson and a knockout defeat to Danny Garcia, who more than Khan, deserves a chance to fight Floyd.
To Khan’s credit he did defeat former unified WBC/IBF junior welterweight and IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander in December. But Alexander’s performances in recent years have become progressively worse, as Khan looked amazing against his most relevant opponent in years.
Khan is expected to outbox Chris Algieri and win a decision. Khan, under the guidance of trainer Virgil Hunter, is expected to display his quicker hand-speed, fast combination-punching, better ring generalship, and better overall defense.
Khan is expected to show the boxing world including Floyd Mayweather why he deserves the fight on September 12, which will reportedly be Mayweather’s last fight.
Can Khan sway the public into thinking that he is the biggest threat to Floyd Mayweather the way Kell Brook is increasingly proving to be the biggest threat to Amir Khan?
While Khan battles Algieri on Friday, Brook, on Saturday, May 30, at the O2 Arena in London, England, makes the second IBF welterweight title defense against Frankie Gavin.