Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed his frustration with an inability to get Kell Brook vs Amir Khan made and insists the latter is scared of losing.
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Brook defended his IBF title with a sixth round stoppage of Frankie Gavin at the O2 in London on Saturday, a night after Khan defeated Chris Algieri in Brooklyn.
While Khan continues to chase a bout with Floyd Mayweather, he has left a significant number of British boxing fans frustrated as well as Brook and Hearn over an inability to set up a huge domestic showdown.
Brook has made no secret of his desire to make that fight happen, but in more recent interviews it appears as though he is losing hope of it coming to fruition and is targeting other top names in the division instead.
There have been suggestions that Hearn is to blame for being a stumbling block in negotiations, but he is adamant that he will give ‘Team Khan’ whatever they want in a bid to get the fight made.
Hearn insists that he respects Khan and thinks he is a great fighter, but he can come up with no other reason other than the fact that he is scared of losing to Brook as to why he doesn’t want the bout.
A loss to Brook would be disastrous to the 28-year-old as it would in all probability end his chances of facing Mayweather, and so there is certainly some sense to the argument.
It remains to be seen if the fight that could fill Wembley Stadium next summer eventually happens, but Brook doesn’t sound as though he will be waiting round much longer.