Khan vs Brook: Higher late than by no means or higher by no means than too late?

Amir Khan vs Kell Brook will lastly struggle on February 19 in Manchester

AMIR KHAN and Kell Brook, two of one of the best British fighters in boxing historical past, are set to collide on February 19 in a Manchester grudge match-cum-swansong showdown.

This bout, which can be broadcast by Sky Sports activities, is a few years within the making. In reality, too many. 5 years in the past, when a scrap between the 2 was one of the vital anticipated in your entire sport, Khan, chasing greatness, piled on the kilos to problem Canelo Alvarez in a Could 2016 catchweight (155lbs) contest. The next month, Brook additionally made a quick cease at middleweight to tackle the fearsome Gennady Golovkin. Each Britons suffered brave however damaging stoppage defeats; Khan was knocked out of consciousness in spherical six and Brook’s proper eye socket was damaged earlier than he was rescued within the fifth. 

Each ended their missions in hospital. Neither has been the identical since. Khan didn’t struggle for the following two years. Following wins over Phil Lo Greco and Samuel Vargas in 2018, Khan was stopped within the sixth spherical by Terence Crawford in April 2019. His solely subsequent motion was a farcical win in Dubai over Billy Dib that July. Brook, in the meantime, returned to 147lbs in 2017 when his left eye socket was fractured in a gruelling loss to Errol Spence Jnr. The Sheffield star subsequent fought in 2018, beating Sergey Rabchenko and Michael Zerafa. He knocked out Mark De Luca in July final 12 months earlier than the aforementioned Crawford underlined Kell’s decline with a vicious fourth spherical stoppage in December.

Some will say the competition is healthier late than by no means. Others imagine higher by no means than too late. It might be unfair to criticise the fighters for taking it and incomes properly within the course of, nevertheless. One can argue it’s the least they deserve. Khan and Brook have given a lot of themselves to boxing. Any concern expressed right here is born of giant respect for them each.

Promoter Ben Shalom informed TalkSport: “I believe it’s a struggle that each boxing fan has needed for years and years and there’s been quite a lot of competitors – each promoter has needed it, it doesn’t matter what’s being stated and what isn’t being stated.”

The bout appears sure to generate quite a lot of curiosity. Will probably be offered as a can’t-miss attraction. Loads of followers will probably discover it too troublesome to withstand. However whether or not boxing, probably the most brutal and unforgiving of all sports activities, actually wants this high-profile struggle between two war-torn heroes is one other debate totally. A debate that’s probably futile.

As a result of for 34-year-old Khan and 35-year-old Brook, two fearless fighters who will quickly be compelled to return to phrases with the tip of their careers, this final battle is their want and wish.

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