Khan vs Brook is finally HERE
Twenty years after their first schoolboy fight and a whole decade after they originally vowed to knock each other out on Sky Sports’ Ringside show, Amir Khan and Kell Brook are FINALLY ready to meet.
There’s almost nothing these two 35-year-olds could agree on during this time – other than the number of zeros on their checks for tonight’s showdown.
The beards took a sinister turn this week, with Brook strongly denying Khan’s accusation of racism after his “chin poppadum” remarks.
But they’ve been bubbling since before Bolton’s King Khan became a household name by winning silver at the Athens Olympics in 2004.
With that, the baby-faced 17-year-old jumped above Brook in the pecking order for the British boxing era that followed.
Khan’s Olympic final was watched by eight million people on terrestrial television, Brook’s non-televised professional debut a few weeks later had barely 1,000 people in attendance.
Then Khan capitalized on his fame to take his mega-money PPV roadshow to America while Brook took the hard road to his IBF world title.
Even when matchmaker supreme Eddie Hearn signed them both to his Matchroom brand, Khan struck a three-fight deal early to leave Brook suspended and face Terence Crawford instead.
But now – with very few options open to them and Sky Sports set to throw packages at the pair – they will finally crown a 147lb King of the North.
Brook will always insist that Khan dodged him until the very end, Khan will always believe he was a league above before they even started.
It doesn’t matter now. We will see what shadow can still shine.