Amir Khan to face Kell Brook in Manchester grudge match on February 19


mir Khan will face Kell Brook in a British boxing match against grudges on February 19 in Manchester.

On Monday, the pair confirmed a deal to wage their long war of words in the ring, with former IBF welterweight champion Brook describing the negotiations as “incredibly hard work”.

With a dislike for each other dating back to their amateur days, the pair will face off at the AO Arena early next year after an announcement at a high-tension press conference.

“We’ve been talking about this for 17 years, even in negotiations it’s been incredibly hard work,” said Brook, born in Sheffield, who has won 39 of his 42 professional fights. “I’m delighted that the fans will finally see the fight they’ve wanted for years.

“Now we have a date and that’s when Amir Khan hits the bridge for the last time.

“It started with our original promoters back then. We were always supposed to fight, but it never happened. He never gave me any respect, he never recognized me.

“He always said, ‘Fight this guy, I’ll fight you’ and ‘Beat this guy, I’ll fight you’. He always runs away, and when it comes to that part of his career, there’s nowhere to run. So that’s when he wants it. I wanted it for many years.

“I am coming to get some junk from the parking lot: with precision and power I will take his chin off his head.”

Former WBA and IBF welterweight champion Khan has not fought since July 2019, but remains confident he still has the credentials for victory as he seeks to improve a record of 34 wins in 39 fights .

“I respect him as a fighter but I’ve never been afraid of any fighter,” said the 34-year-old fighter from Bolton. “I never ran away from Kell. Sometimes in the past, I didn’t think he deserved the fight.


“But now I’m going to smash it in the face and put it back in its place. Now let’s see who can support those words. I’m leveling down for this fight. I fought the best in the world, conquered the America.

“I give the fans what they want, people want to see me punch him in the face and put him back in his place.”

Neutrals will be forgiven for considering this too late a game, with Brook already 35 and Khan reaching the same age next week. Promoter Ben Shalom disagreed, however, insisting the public still want to see the fight.

“Khan and Brook are sport icons in Great Britain and it will be an iconic meeting,” he said.

“Their rivalry has been simmering for years, they are still by far the best welterweight in the country and the eyes of the world will be on them when they face off in February to finally settle the question of which of them is the best man.

“It’s a fight every boxing fan has wanted to see for years. It’s the biggest British boxing fight right now apart from Anthony Joshua against Tyson Fury and we are delighted to be able to deliver this clash that sets the legacy live and exclusively on Sky Sports Ticketing. “

Additional reporting by PA Media.


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