The IBF declared American pugilist, Timothy Bradley, the mandatory Amir Khan must fight in an eliminator bout, where the winner would take on undefeated welterweight titleholder, Kell Brook. Khan declined the fight in a move that has tongues wagging. Bradley beat Filipino legend, Manny Pacquiao, due to controversial scoring, but was defeated in the subsequent rematch.
Fellow British boxer, Kell Brook, has been requesting a fight against Khan, but he has repeatedly dodged him at every turn. Brook and his team offered Khan $7,500,000 for a May 2015 title fight at London’s famed Wembley stadium, but he declined. Last week, Khan announced he would instead fight American boxer, Chris Algieri, who was recently defeated by Pacquiao.
How Amir Khan is looking at Kell Brook and his team (LOL)
Brook became angry at the announcement stating, "If someone said to me you can get five million quid, a world title, fight at Wembley with a fight that every fan wants to see, it's a no-brainer for me. He's fighting Algieri who didn't win a round against Pacquiao, a feather puncher, not a big puncher. It doesn't make sense to me. I'm world champion, I'm calling him out, we want the fight, there's a word title and a bagful of money and it doesn't make sense that he's fighting this guy who's bringing nothing to the table."
Brook believes Khan's declination of the fight against him does not make sense. However, to Khan it does and for this reason. Khan wants to fight top dogs Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, as they are the most famous in the division, guaranteeing the biggest payday as well. In boxing it is a big deal to be able to state you fought Mayweather and or Pacquiao. Those are historic bragging rights. If Khan loses to undefeated Brook, his chances of fighting the retiring Mayweather or resurgent Pacquiao are greatly diminished. They will seek to fight Brook instead.
Fighting formerly undefeated Algieri is less of a risk. Pacquiao gave a road map on how to beat Algieri in his recent win against him and Khan will use that blueprint. There is no blueprint for beating Brook, as he is undefeated. There exists too much risk for Khan to fight Brook at this time due to these facts (even though the Judiciary Report is of the belief Brook vs. Khan in London this summer would be a fantastic fight that deserves to be made).
As stated in past articles, in boxing all it takes is one punch to mess up a career (then comes the arduous but workable rebuilding after such a defeat). Brook needs to focus on getting an audience with Mayweather and or Pacquiao and not wait around for Khan. Try to get a fight with the legends as well.
Kell Brook vents frustration: Khan-Algieri makes no sense
By Wil Esco on Apr 3, 2015, 10:49a 151- Kell Brook admits he's frustrated with the whole Amir Khan situation, and thinks the Algieri fight isn't worth a damn. The back and forth between Kell Brook and Amir Khan seems to be a never-ending saga that has gone on for years now. Ever since Brook picked up the IBF welterweight title, thinking that would give him the standing to demand a Khan fight, the war of words started heating up. When Amir Khan announced yesterday that he would be fighting Chris Algieri next, Brook wasn't at all pleased.
"If someone said to me you can get five million quid, a world title, fight at Wembley with a fight that every fan wants to see, it's a no-brainer for me," 28-year-old Brook told BBC 5 Live."
"He's fighting Algieri who didn't win a round against [Manny] Pacquiao, a feather puncher, not a big puncher. It doesn't make sense to me. I'm world champion, I'm calling him out, we want the fight, there's a word title and a bagful of money and it doesn't make sense that he's fighting this guy who's bringing nothing to the table."...
IBF Confirms Khan Turned Down Bradley Title Eliminator
Amir Khan, 30-3 (19 KOs), has turned down an eliminator against Tim Bradley that would have determined who became the mandatory for the IBF welterweight title, currently held by Kell Brook. Khan, 28, had previously reached out to Boxing Scene to categorically refute the claims. However, the IBF Championships Chairman confirmed that Khan had indeed been offered the fight with Bradley and that it had been rejected on his behalf by his team. "Amir Khan’s people turned down the fight. Bradley accepted"...