“That’s the only fight that will excite me"
Amir Khan vs Kell Brook has taken another step towards reality and it is believed that the rivals are targeting February 2022.
According to reports, the two rivals are looking at February 19, most likely taking place in Manchester.
Despite claims that contracts for the fight have been signed, talks are still not complete.
Kell Brook previously said: “When you’ve been in the game for 26 years, you lose the taste for it.
“I need a big massive fight to get my teeth into.
“And the fight we all want to see is the guy from Bolton. I’ve signed my part of the fight.
“He just needs to come forward and sign his part and we’ve got the biggest fight in British boxing.
“We’ve signed our bit, we’re doing what we’re doing.
“Listen, we don’t need to hide about it, everybody knows there are whispers. Everybody knows this fight needs to happen.
“I’ve not been in front of a camera. He’s been saying he wants it. I’ve done my thing, let’s see if he does his, and we’ve got the biggest fight in British boxing.
“I’ve got a feeling that the timing is now, but I’ve said that before, who knows with this guy.
“That’s the only fight that will excite me in boxing.”
Key factors such as purse splits are said to be sorted, however, there are still other contractual issues that need to be resolved.
The stumbling blocks are said to be minor enough that they could be sorted in “minutes”.
But there are still concerns that the fight could fall apart as it has done on numerous occasions in the past.
Amir Khan has not fought since July 2019 when he defeated Australian Billy Dib.
Meanwhile, Kell Brook has been out of action since he was TKO’d by Terence Crawford in four rounds in November 2020.
Khan vs Brook will either be at welterweight or a catchweight just below light middleweight (154lbs).
Sky Sports and Boxxer are said to be backing the fight, which would likely end up on pay-per-view.
The fight is not anticipated as it once was, given that both men are nearing the end of their respective careers.
However, there will still be interest as the pair have gone back-and-forth over the years.
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn held talks with both fighters but was not keen for them to face each other.
Instead, Hearn proposed Khan facing rising prospect Conor Benn. Terms were not discussed but Khan made it clear he had no interest in the fight.
The pair have both insisted they will only return to the ring again if it is to face each other.
Their alternative option is to retire but both are keen on one final payday.