By: Sean Crose
On February 19, the long battle – too long, really – expected between British peers and enemies, Kell Brook and Amir Khan will finally come down. Twenty thousand people are expected to watch live and live the match at Manchester’s AO Arena. The match is being promoted by Boxxer and will be broadcast live in the United States on ESPN+. Boxxer honcho Ben Shalom said: “Kell Brook vs Amir Khan is a match that has attracted international attention. “This legacy battle between UK superstars, once world champions on US soil, now meets in the final match at AO Arena in one of the most anticipated matches. in British history.”
This match has been brewed for what seems to be ages. In fact, it’s probably safe to say that most fans have given up hope it will work out – when it suddenly became clear recently that the fight would actually happen. Now that the match is set, the world can finally see who is the best man in the ring – even though it’s past the semi-daily match. Neither Khan nor Brook is in his prime anymore. Furthermore, both men beat world class for daring to be great – Brook vs. Gennady Golovkin and Khan vs. Canelo Alvarez. Their daring alone will add to their legacy, but sadly the public is fickle – even after some fighters accept the kinds of chances that other fighting fish don’t. .
And so, older and more defeated than before, the opponents will eventually continue it in a more or less curiously well-publicized match. Still, it’s hard to imagine any serious fighting fan wouldn’t be interested in seeing this. Brook and Khan, two veteran experts, certainly still have wounds. Plus, Khan’s slick clashing style and Brook’s powerful, straight punch add to the appeal. On top of that, there’s the fact that these two don’t seem to like each other much.
Perhaps this matchup is the equivalent of Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns’ fight in 1989. Although neither Khan nor Brook have ever been considered all-time greats like Leonard and Hearns, their ages, combined. with their position in the career, similar to the two legends. Whether Khan-Brook will reach the level of Leonard-Hearns 2 remains to be seen. At the very least, American fans won’t have to pay to watch the match with pay-per-view.