British boxing rivals Kell Brook and Amir Khan “are in talks” to fight each other in May 2017, according to IBF welterweight world champion Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
Both boxers experienced chastening defeats when they stepped up a weight division to middleweight -- Brook’s bout with Kazakh Gennady Golovkin being halted in the fifth round and Khan going one round further with Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Khan and Brook, both 30, said they would not make that mistake again and reverted to welterwight, though it is not known whether Brook’s world title would be at stake.
“There’s a good chance of it (the bout) happening,” Hearn told the BBC.
“Amir wants it to happen, so does Kell. We want to put a fight on for the fans.
“Kell has proved himself. He beat Shawn Porter and had a good fight with Golovkin. The time is right.”
Certainly both fighters suggested they were enthusiastic to fight each other, with Hearn suggesting it could take place either at ‘Manchester Arena or Old Trafford’.
Brook responded in kind.
* Agence France-Presse
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