Saturday, April 11, 2015

Khan doesn’t deserve to fight Mayweather or Pacquiao, says Kell Brook

By Scott Gilfoid: It’s no secret that former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) is hoping he can get a big money fight in the near future against Floyd Mayweather Jr and/or Manny Pacquiao after Khan gets done facing Chris Algieri in their proposed fight on May 30th. IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook doesn’t think that Khan deserves a big payday fight against Mayweather and Pacquiao.

Brook thinks that Khan still needs to prove himself against him before he can get in line for Mayweather and Pacquiao.

Khan has no interest in fighting Brook because he doesn’t see him as having a big enough name to get him the fights that he wants. Instead, Khan believes that the Algieri fight will get him what he wants. However, it’s still unknown if a win over Algieri will lead Khan to anything. He wants the big stars but he’s still not facing the guys that would lead to the bigger fights.

We saw Marcos Maidana earn a fight against Mayweather by beating Adrien Broner. Khan doesn’t have a big victory over anyone that can get him the fights that he wants.
“He don’t fancy the job with me. I think he wants to fight the winner of Manny Pacquiao/Mayweather,” Brook said via Fighthype. “He don’t deserve that…get a payday there and come fight me and get a payday and lose. I will find a way to land one of my quick shots and end it. If he fights me first, there’s no pot of gold for him at the end of the rainbow,” Brook said.

Many boxing fans would argue that Brook is undercutting his own future potential for getting a big money fight against the likes of Mayweather Jr and Pacquiao by his continual fights against no name opponents. We just saw Brook fight Jo Jo Dan in his last fight. While Brook can use the excuse that he was getting his mandatory defense out of the way with his fight against Jo Jo Dan, Brook can’t make that same excuse for his next fight against #5 IBF Frankie Gavin in their fight on May 30th at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Gavin is just a guy who has a high ranking, but who arguably doesn’t deserve the ranking given his one-sided loss to Leonard Bundu in 2014. Gavin isn’t a big name, and it’s not going to do much in helping Brook’s career other than helping him get another easy win to pad his record with.

Brook isn’t helping himself get a fight against Khan either by fighting guys like Dan and Gavin. In fact, Brook is making it easy for Khan to put him on ignore permanently by his choice of opponents. If Brook wants to get fights against guys like Khan and the other big names, then he needs to take a big step up in class by fighting the likes of Keith Thurman and Marcos Maidana for starters.

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn has deep enough pockets to get him some of the top fighters at 140, 147 and 154. There’s no excuse why Brook should have to fight someone like Gavin when there are bigger fights available to him.

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