Amir Khan vs Kell Brook: New champ still not worthy of showdown?Written by Lee Cleveland
Tonight, moments after unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (34-0, 23 KOs) orchestrated a one-sided beat-down of top-rated contender Jo Jo Dan, super middleweight Carl Froch suggested Amir Khan should face the former in the UK.
Khan vs Brook intrigues and would be huge... in the UK, and perhaps, nearby regions.
Ever since Kell upset Shawn Porter to win the title last fall, the former has been trying to bait Amir into fighting him but 'King Khan' seemingly has no interest in facing Brook at this time?
Well, he seemed to have little interest before tonight.
So why was Amir not interested? After all, Brook owns a major world title at welterweight and Khan doesn't. Moreover, they are both British and they are rivals, competing for bragging rights and the UK fansbase, one of the most fervent in all of boxing.
Froch, who offered post-fight commentary this evening, suggested Khan believes Brook is not yet on his level. After all, Brook, until recently, has fought in Khan's shadow the last several years.
Moreover, Khan, despite three losses, is still the more accomplished of the two and the bigger name, in the United Kingdom and worldwide.
And while Khan's next fight may be a tune-up, he's made it clear he's ultimately seeking fighters with bigger names and international prominence, such as Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Tim Bradley.
After tonight's big TKO win, how much closer is Kell Brook, in terms of stock value, to Khan?
Although Carl Froch vs George Groves 2 was a mainstream event solely in the UK and, perhaps, a few other select regions in Europe, it was a highly-publicized, extremely lucrative endeavor and, perhaps, one of the biggest UK sports events in recent history.
How strong is Brook's stock in the UK after tonight? And would Khan vs Brook in the UK be bigger than Khan vs Cotto or Bradley in the U.S?
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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