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Boxing: Special K and Khan finally set for showdown

09 December 2021 04:42:49 EST
Amir Khan will at last face Kell Brook

Amir Khan and Kell Brook are finally set to settle their long-term rivalry after a meeting between the English rivals was first touted five years ago.

Brook is the 1.53 favourite, with Khan a 2.37 shot and it should be a cracking bout between two former British world champions.

Here we have all you need to know about the super showdown.

When is Khan v Brook?

The British pair are set to get in the ring together on Saturday, February 19th.

Where is Khan v Brook?

The bout will take place at the Manchester Arena, close to Khan's home town of Bolton.

How to watch Khan v Brook

The fight is live in the UK on pay-per-view. Sky Sports Box Office is the place to go and the fight is expected to get under way at around 10.30pm.

What the fighters are saying

Amir Khan: "The respect is there, I respect him as a fighter. I've never run from Kell, I never needed to. What I've achieved in this sport speaks for itself.

"There were times in the past when I didn't think he deserved the fight, but now I want to put him in his place."

Kell Brook: "Amir Khan will hit the deck for the final time."

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Big-fight preview

This fight has been in the pipeline for some time and boxing fans will now be treated to what should be a lively tussle. Of course, both fighters are a fair way off their peak these days and perhaps it would have been more enticing had it happened three or four years ago.

However, it should still be a night of excitement.

Both of the boxers are former world champions, but perhaps their past exploits aren't the key to solving this fight. It seems likely to come down to who has the most left to give at this stage of their career.

Losses damaging for both fighters

Brook hasn't fought since he was demolished by Terence Crawford last year. That certainly smacked of one final payday for the Sheffield man, but here he is again.

On the plus side Special K has been in a proper bout far more recently than Khan, but all three of his defeats have come via stoppage and they have been heavy losses too.

Brook hasn't been the same since he stepped up to middleweight and was crushed by Gennady Golovkin in 2016. Another heavy defeat followed at the hands of Errol Spence and that came when switching back to welterweight.

Of course, Golovkin, Crawford and Spence are all elite-level fighters and there is no shame in losing to any of those boxers, but the damaging manner of the defeats is a concern.

Khan's last fight was basically a novelty contest against Billy Dib in 2019 and prior to that Khan was also stopped by Crawford.

Weight could favour Khan

The Bolton boxer is the slightly younger man at the age of 34 and he could also have the advantage in terms of weight - this is a catch-weight bout and it will be fought at 149lbs, two pounds above the welterweight limit.

That is likely to give the edge to Khan. Brook looked weight drained when gearing down to make the 147lbs limit when he faced Crawford and he doesn't have much more to play with here.

Khan is more natural at this weight and he may just have more left than Brook. King Khan has lost five times in his career, but those defeats don't seem to have been as damaging as Brook's.

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