Wembley booked for June 13th British ‘Superfight’, Amir Khan Vs Kell Brook!

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Amir Khan could earn more fighting Sheffield’s IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook in a blockbuster at Wembley Stadium next summer than a Las Vegas meeting with Floyd Mayweather, promoter Eddie Hearn has claimed.

Hearn, Brook’s promoter who was in Las Vegas for Khan’s majestic win against Devon Alexander, told Telegraph Sport: “We’re just waiting on the [decision over the] Mayweather versus Khan fight. I think everyone knows it’s either Mayweather or Brook for Khan.”

Hearn stayed in the United States for meetings with Al Haymon, Khan’s business adviser, and for the World Boxing Council annual summit but says he is yet to speak to Khan and his family.

“The Khan fight is probably made by the end of January if it’s going to happen. The only conversation I’ve had is with Al Haymon, who loves the fight [between Khan and Brook].”

Hearn believes the soundings he has had from Mayweather’s team suggested to him that they are wary of fighting Khan. “I asked Haymon if he thought that fight would happen and he didn’t seem overly confident. But I think they know that stylistically Khan is not great for Mayweather. They knew that before and the Devon Alexander performance just emphasised the point.”

 

Hearn is convinced Khan can make more money fighting Brook at Wembley than he would facing Mayweather in Las Vegas.

“Floyd’s doing 800 or 900 thousand buys per pay-per-view event. That’s the standard number. Khan [v Mayweather] only does 800,000 buys. If Khan was creating PPV numbers of say 2 million, they would take the fight with him straight away.And Mayweather could lose that fight. They’re very clever in who they fight and I just can’t see them going for Amir next,” Hearn said.

“I just feel that if Amir doesn’t fight Floyd Mayweather he has to fight Kell Brook. What were his numbers against Alexander – 700 or 800 thousand dollars? Obviously there was a little bit of UK money. Let’s call it one and a half million US dollars. He’d make minimum five and probably more like six or seven million US dollars (£4.5m) to fight Kell Brook.”

Nonetheless, Khan could make huge sums appearing on pay-per-view channel Sky Box Office against Mayweather. In 2007, Ricky Hatton reportedly made upwards of £12 million for his contest with Mayweather.

Hearn has already ‘booked’ Wembley for June 13, four days before Ramadan begins, and is prepared to let Khan take the lead in the promotion. “If we have to give away concessions in terms of who promotes it and who walks into the ring first, we will,” explained Hearn.

“Khan is a bigger name than Kell Brook, absolutely no doubt about that. But Kell Brook is a world champion.”

“So you have to give him some respect, both as a fighter and when you’re talking about the split. They’re both the draw in that fight. Without Kell Brook, Amir Khan can’t fill Wembley.”

“He can’t fill Wembley against anyone else other than Floyd Mayweather. He did six thousand against Julio Diaz in Sheffield.”

Khan said that he will pursue a fight with Mayweather first. “They’ve not spoken to me. If he doesn’t know what’s happening in my career, he can’t go booking places like that,” said Khan.

“I think that’s a little disrespectful really. It’s very desperate. It’s like me saying to Floyd, ‘Look, I’ve booked Wembley Stadium and you have to come and fight me now.’ I can’t believe Kell’s rushing into this big fight with me.

“He’s just come off a big, major injury and I’m sure he’d want an easy fight just to get a feel back into boxing. It will be huge in the UK and it’s not a fight I’m saying no to. I’d love that fight. Stylistically, I’d beat Kell Brook and school Kell Brook.”

Hearn is looking to give Brook a warm-up fight on March 7.


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