British duo Amir Khan and Kell Brook appear to be making progress with regards to making their long-awaited domestic clash – with Khan revealing that the two men had agreed a weight for a proposed bout in 2019.
Khan, who returned from a two year hiatus with a pair of wins over Canadian duo Phil Lo Greco and Samuel Vargas, discussed the finer points of making the bout with Brook: claiming the fight would take place at 147lbs with Brook agreeing to a 10lbs rehydration clause on the day of the fight.
“Obviously me and Brook are with Eddie Hearn.” said Khan in an interview with SkySports.
“I’ve left that to Eddie to do all the negotiations, to speak to both parties, to speak to his trainer, his manager, himself.
“But look, it’s a fight I would love to have, and I think it would make a lot of money financially for both fighters, but at the same time it would be a massive fight in the UK. It’s a fight that the fans want. Why not make it happen?”
Despite looking set to move up to 154lbs, Sheffield star Brook has claimed he would be willing to return to the welterweight division in order to set-up a clash with long-time rival Khan.
However, not only would ‘Special K’ be forced to campaign at 147lbs, two-time World champion Khan would go on to state that Brook would not be able to rehydrate more than 10lbs if the two are to finally meet in the ring in 2019.
“Nothing can stop it. He’s agreed to be 147, and also have a rehydration clause of 10 pounds. I’m happy with that.
“If he’s happy to take that, so am I. That fight can happen then 147 it is, and we’re with the same promotional team, so that makes the fight even easier. Let’s see what happens.” Khan finished.
After years of public demand for the bout, the latest developments would indicate that the match-up is closer than ever.
Although Brook – who lost his IBF World welterweight title to American star Errol Spence Jr. at Bramall Lane in May of last year – initially retweeted a tweet to indicate his willingness for a rehydration clause, a message from his personal Twitter account would suggest that he is none-too-pleased at the prospect of facing a weigh-in on the day of the contest.
“Please Mr Brook don’t rehydrate and hurt me “
— Kell Brook (@SpecialKBrook) October 9, 2018
Whether the two men agree on a rehydration clause or not, it would seem that a fight between two of British boxing’s biggest names is well and truly in motion…