Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed talks have opened over a potential Wembley Stadium bout between Kell Brook and Amir Khan, and he believes both fighters could be in line to battle Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the future.
Hearn also suggested Brook vs. Khan "will be just as big" as Carl Froch's record-breaking defeat of George Groves.
Froch vs. Groves II lured approximately 80,000 fans to Wembley, the biggest British boxing crowd ever seen. Following Brook's excellent win over Shawn Porter on Saturday, Hearn now suggested a showdown with fellow Englishman Khan will once again ignite the public's imagination.
Hearn is looking forward to confirming Brook's next fight, and he added that talks for the Khan showdown in 2015 are already under way, as reported by Riath Al-Samarrai of the Daily Mail:
(Brook) came of age in that ring against Porter and great things lie in wait for him, including Amir Khan. I am looking at next Spring or summer in a fight, maybe at Wembley, that will be just as big as Froch-Groves. I’ve started talks on it.
Not all onlookers are convinced by Wembley's quality as a boxing venue, however, as noted by Jamie Casey of Sky Sports:
Eddie Hearn says Brook-Khan has "a real outdoors feel to it." Don't do it Eddie, Wembley was nightmare for actual boxing fans— Jamie Casey (@skyjamiecasey) August 20, 2014
Khan's reputation abroad could yet have a deciding factor in where it will be held. The Bolton fighter's craving to secure a battle against Mayweather Jr. ensures North American interest surrounds his every move.
Brook is potentially the last hurdle before such a fight could take place, but Hearn believes Mayweather Jr. could "feature down the line" if Brook overcomes Khan. He said the Sheffield-born brawler "is certainly in that reckoning now," per Al-Samarrai, and he should also be considered a potential future opponent for Money.
The promoter confirmed "people from Showtime," as well as "other U.S. broadcasters" already want to enter discussions surrounding the potential clash between the two Brits.
Hearn suggested the likeliest way a fight between Brook and Khan won't go ahead is if the latter demands a paycheque beyond his worth. The promoter confirmed Khan previously turned down £3 million to battle Brook but now Special K has the IBF welterweight belt around his waist, negotiations should step up.
"That changes the negotiating position a lot, but this is such a big fight everyone can do well out of it, so long as Khan doesn’t demand an unrealistic split we should make it happen," said Hearn, per Al-Samarrai.
Dominic Ingle, Brook's trainer, believes the two won't fight each other until next year, and he indicated both could face opponents before their potentially massive encounter.
"I don't think the next fight will be Khan in December," said Ingle, per ESPN.co.uk's Nick Parkinson. "I know Khan is looking to fight again in December, as Kell is, but it will probably happen next year."
Brook remains undefeated across 33 fights, which has seen the 28-year-old land 22 knockouts, per BoxRec. His ability to outpoint Porter highlighted great maturity and self belief, as did Brook's decision to up his aggression after the early rounds were extremely close.
Khan has 29 wins (19 KO) and three losses, two of which have seen the Bolton-based fighter knocked out.
Who would win this potential bout?
His speed and accuracy remains a potent weapon, but Khan is prone to a lack of concentration which fighters like Brook can exploit. Khan performed convincingly against Luis Collazo and would dramatically improve his chances of finally facing Mayweather Jr. by beating his countryman. His inability to take significant strikes would once again come under the spotlight against Brook, though.
Froch's second victory over Groves provided British boxing with a much-needed profile boost, something the next potential Wembley bout could capitalise on. British fans didn't get to witness Tyson Fury's scheduled matchup with Dereck Chisora in July—nor did they see Fury take on replacement Alexander Ustinov—so they may be craving further action on their doorstep.
Brook vs. Khan would provide an excellent, if dangerous, opportunity for both. The winner would certainly be in line to face Money, but the loser's drop down the rankings could end any such talk. While this particular contest needs to be confirmed first, it's likely both Brits will opt to use each other as a springboard to the fight of their lives.