Five questions ahead of the big fight

Khan v Brook Bets: Five BIG questions

Amir Khan v Kell Brook is just around the corner and we’re looking at the five big questions hanging over the fight in Manchester

Kell Brook first muttered the name of Amir Khan publicly 17 years ago.

Those seeds were planted for one of Britain’s most well-known boxing rivalries, but it’s taken until 2022 for the pair of former world champions to meet inside the ring.

Saturday night in Manchester will see Khan and Brook – both now 35 – settle a score that has been unknown for close to two decades.

There’s so much to consider before the first bell, so let’s take a look at five key questions for the BIG one.

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Will Brook be ok at the contracted weight?

Kell Brook has fought three of his last four fights north of 150lbs, but is contractually obliged to make 149lbs for this catch-weight contest.

This is clearly playing into the hands of Khan, whose biggest concern is the size and power of the naturally bigger Sheffield man.

If Brook weighs over 149lbs he will be fined from the fight purse – but having blown up in weight over the past year will Brook be fit and healthy back down at two pounds over the welterweight limit?

Khan’s been smart in insisting this clause – it’s unclear if the fight would have ever happened any other way.

The best @AmirKingKhan is coming up ?

via @SkySportsBoxing | @Boxxer

— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) February 16, 2022

Who will box and who will go to war?

Amir Khan stated that he intends to “go to war” with Brook, but that’s not exactly a wise move against the bigger, stronger man.

Khan’s biggest asset is his speed of hand, foot and thought, and the Bolton fighter will surely look to box off the back foot and drag Brook into deep waters.

Brook has an underrated jab and should work his attacks off it.

The “Special One” would love Khan to go to “war” but we can’t see it happening – this is all just pre-fight machismo and bravado.

Is Khan’s speed still world class?

Despite getting ironed out in dramatic fashion against Saul Canelo Alvarez in 2016, Khan’s speed was causing the Mexican problems for a couple of rounds. 

His punch speed has always been the thing that has set him apart from other fighters, winning him big fights and world championships.

Now, at 35, can he still operate with the same speed and fluidity as a decade ago?

The answer is obviously no, but there may still be enough in the tank to beat Brook – also 35 – to the punch.

"I'm not sure he will want to take that rematch clause after what I want to do to him in this fight" ?@SpecialKBrook has revealed a rematch clause is included in the agreement for his fight with @amirkingkhan, but insists his rival won't want to face him again ?

— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) January 20, 2022

Can Khan’s chin survive Brook’s ‘chocolate brownies?’

You Google “Amir Khan” and I would guess that “chin” would appear in the first few results.

Khan has lost four of his five defeat by stoppage and his punch resistance has always been questioned in the fight game.

Punch resistance doesn’t get any better with age and if Brook can land clean in the opening stanzas of the fight then it could well be all over in a flash.

The ????? of Amir Khan’s hands ??@Boxxer | KhanBrook | @amirkingkhan

— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) February 16, 2022

Will both men make it to the ring? (sorry)

Apologies, but it’s taken 17 years for this fight to materialise – what’s another few months?

There haven’t been any injury rumours in the lead up to this fight, but there will always be cynics when a fight has been so hard to make.

Call me old fashioned, but until these two touch gloves in the centre of the Manchester ring, then there will still be a niggling doubt in the back of my head.

Prove me wrong, boys!

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