Less than a month from his sixth-round beating at the hands of bitter domestic rival Kell Brook, rumours are now circulating online that Amir Khan is considering triggering a rematch clause for a second showdown with his long-time adversary.
Rewind back to February 19th at Manchester’s AO Arena, it was evident pretty early on that Khan was not only a shadow of his former self, but was also considerably further down the road than Sheffield’s Brook, who was dominant throughout, seeming to hurt the Bolton man with every shot that he could land.
In a recent interview with iFL TV however, Eddie Hearn, when asked about a potential match-up between Brook and up and coming welterweight star Conor Benn, revealed that he had heard rumours about a potential rematch taking place. Hearn also explained that he had been approached about the potential of paying Khan to step-aside in order to allow Benn to enter the ring against Brook, suggesting the motivation for such a move would be more financial on Khan’s part as opposed to a serious consideration of considering business inside a boxing ring.
BOXXER’s Ben Shalom told Sky Sports that although he ‘can’t see it’ [Khan triggering the clause], Khan is ‘convinced’ and BOXXER will ‘hear his reasons in the next few days’. If true, the decision would mark a remarkable turnaround from the reaction Khan gave from his dressing room on the night where he admitted his love for the sport was no longer as strong as it once was and that a discussion would take place with his family about his future moving forward, suggesting retirement from boxing was likely. Here’s hoping that those around him can make sensible suggestions to prevent serious injury occurring to a man who does not appear to be in need financially. Khan is nowhere near the fighter he was, and nobody needs to see him laid out on his back at this stage of his career and life, a result which appeared likely to ensue had referee Victor Loughlin not stepped in during the sixth.