Amir Khan is expected to pass on the opportunity to fight Kell Brook this summer and instead look at a possible bout with Miguel Cotto at the end of May.
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Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed last week that he had held positive talks with Khan’s camp over a summer bout, potentially at Wembley.
However, it appears more likely that Khan will turn his back on the huge event and instead focus his attention on setting up a bout with either Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez or Timothy Bradley on May 30 or June 6.
It has always been considered a difficult fight to make between Brook and Khan given that the former will defend his IBF welterweight title on March 28 and will therefore not be ready to fight again until June.
That closes the window of opportunity as Khan will observe Ramadan in mid-June and so essentially he wants to fight at the end of May which comes too soon for his rival.
Nevertheless, the hope has always been there that they would meet this summer, but rather than postpone to the end of the year and restrict the gate numbers, it is likely that they will open talks again for next year.
Khan has consistently stated that Brook isn’t on the same level as him and hasn’t got a big enough profile for him to warrant a clash. However, while the Sheffield-born fighter does lack the profile in America, he is in possession of a world title in a division in which Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are the other two champions.
With the pound-for-pound kings set to clash on May 2, they may well want to look for a unification bout in the future, but Brook must first come through his defence against Jo Jo Dan in Sheffield with Hearn promising a huge bout this summer with Marquez also mentioned.