Work remains for Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook bout to become reality

Work remains for Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook bout to become reality

The long-awaited showdown between British rivals and former world titleholders Amir Khan and Kell Brook is being looked at for early next year, but there is still work to do to make it reality, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, who promotes both boxers, told ESPN on Tuesday.

Brook, a former welterweight titlist now boxing as a junior middleweight, and Khan, a former unified junior welterweight titleholder who has been fighting as a welterweight, have circled each other for years for a fight that would be massive in the United Kingdom.

Since losing back-to-back fights by stoppage -- to Gennady Golovkin in a September 2016 middleweight title challenge and his welterweight title to Errol Spence Jr. in May 2017 -- Brook has fought only once.

According to Hearn, Khan wants the fight at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds, which Brook has struggled to make and is the reason he moved up in weight.

But Khan learned a hard lesson when he moved up to fight Alvarez at 155 pounds, one over the junior middleweight limit, and wants Brook to come down in weight to fight him.

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