AMIR KHAN is on the verge of snubbing a career-defining combat with long-time nemesis Kell Brook for a bout nobody desires to see.
The Bolton star seems to be poised to agree a £4million deal to combat WBO welterweight king Terence Crawford in America on March 23.
It should kibosh a home struggle — price nearly double that determine — which promoter Eddie Hearn has been constructing in the direction of since signing 31-year-old Khan on a three-fight deal in January.
Khan desires a crack at claiming the WBO strap — and feels he can nonetheless land the Brook combat after battling American Crawford.
Each Brook and Khan have received two tune-up fights every this yr, with Sheffield fighter Brook bagging a factors win over Australian Michael Zerafa on Saturday evening.
However Hearn fears Khan is about to disappoint British boxing followers with a combat not on many followers’ Christmas want listing.
The Matchroom boss mentioned: “Khan vs Brook is the combat that his folks need.
“No one is asking for the Crawford combat. Have you ever seen the British public saying, ‘You’ve obtained to combat Crawford?’
“When Khan and Brook get collectively it is going to be the largest factor going, as a result of they can’t stand one another. And it is going to be probably the most epic build-up for a very 50-50 combat.”
Brook, 32, battered super- welterweight Zerafa right into a bloody mess on the Sheffield Enviornment, along with his nostril showing damaged as early because the second spherical.
However Brook was additionally hit far too usually within the second half of the combat — and appeared miles off the elite degree the previous IBF welterweight champ insists he can nonetheless combine it at.
Khan watched the WBA eliminator on TV and was removed from impressed.
Plus he was warned Brook is not going to grasp round for his most bitter rival to comply with the combat.
Hearn hopes Khan noticed his 147lb enemy look weak and that it’ll assist persuade him to ultimately signal as much as a home battle.
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Hearn said: “I’ve told Amir it is now or never. I think he will decide in the next week.
“He may sign the Crawford fight. Before this fight I would have said he would go with the Crawford fight.
“If I was Amir Khan, I would be on the phone now.
“It sells out any arena in double-quick time. I think it sells around 60,000 or 70,000.
“People will forget about that Brook performance in two days.
“It is already chip paper. People will know about the history and the build-up to Khan vs Brook.
“When they get together, it will be an absolute epic. They are both petrified of losing. It will kill them forever.”