Khan and Brook – the Public demands it.

By Abbas Dadhiwala

The 147lbs division is a jewel in the crown of the boxing world. Some of the world’s greatest boxers have graced this division and become world champions.

Sugar Ray Robinson won the world title in this division, as did, De La Hoya, Duran, Hitman Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard, Pernell Whitaker and Floyd Mayweather. When Honeyghan dismantled Donald Curry in 6 gruelling rounds and shocked the boxing world, it was for the unified 147lbs crown.

You have a current crop of welterweights that demand respect, top of the pile is Timothy Bradley (WBO Champion) a class boxer with supreme boxing skills who has a win over Manny Pacquaio on his C.V. Danny Garcia knocked out Amir khan and Morales in the last few years and with his punching power will always be regarded as dangerous. Shawn Porter is a tough boxer, he lost his title to Kell Brook but is very tough and hard to beat. Keith Thurman is another champion who holds the WBA belt.

The 2 British boxers in the division are Kell Brook (IBF Champion) and Amir Khan. Both boxers trained in the amateurs together and have a hatred towards each other which should make for a compelling watch if Eddie Hearn and the Khan camp can thrash out a deal.

Amir has always stated that Brook has to fight better opposition before he considers him for a fight, and although Brook is a champion, Khan holds all the trump cards in terms of dictating where the fight takes place, as Khan is box office and Brook isn’t.

Khan hasn’t been as active as he should have been, chasing the Mayweather and Pacquaio fights haven’t done him any good, Mayweather is now retired, how long he will stay retired remains to be seen But Pacquaio has stated he only has one fight left in him and Bob Arum just last week mentioned no deal has been agreed, after the Khan camp put out a media statement that they have signed their part of the contract.

There is no denying that Khan’s CV is better, with notable scalps including Barrera, Zab Judah, Malignaggi, Collazo and Devon Alexander. The Maidana fight was a gruelling fight, that announced Khan to Las Vegas, and he didn’t disappoint. De La Hoya called it one of the fights of the decade.

Brook is Sheffield’s darling, Eddie Hearn’s jewel in the crown. His CV doesn’t read well until you get to Shawn Porter, by beating Porter he propelled himself into the upper echelons of the division and more importantly he won the IBF belt. Eddie Hearn has been vocal about Brook holding a world belt and Khan doesn’t, and any fight that is agreed has to be 50/50 split in the purse. Khan’s camp of course disagrees.

Ricky Hatton took 20,000 with him to America to fight Mayweather, Calzaghe and Kessler had 50,000 coming through doors in Cardiff. If the Khan – Brook fight is agreed it would sell out any arena in England, if Froch and Groves 2 sold out Wembley, so can this fight. A real rivalry with both boxers at the top of their game.

The fans want this fight, if only the boxers and their camps can agree. Boxing used to be a simple sport, the best fought the best, with one emerging victor and the other still with his pride intact. Remember the times of Benn, Eubank, Watson and Collins, they fought each other and served up a treat for the boxing fans. Duran, Leonard, Hitman Hearns and Hagler all fought each other too. Quigg and Frampton have finally agreed to meet, so why can’t Khan and Brook agree. The Public demands this fight. Mayweather and Pacquaio left it too late when they fought in May. Let’s hope these two don’t leave until they reach their mid 30’s before meeting each other in the ring.