IN NOVEMBER, when a clash between Amir Khan and Kell Brook was still a possibility, I described them as the men of yesterday – and insisted it should not be.
I certainly haven’t changed my mind. In fact, I feel I may have been too kind.
In fact, they are the day BEFORE the men of yesterday.
In his last meaningful battle, Amir gave up in the sixth match against Terence Crawford. When Kell challenged the American for the welterweight WBO title, he KOs for the fourth time – and we haven’t seen him since.
These two former world champions are now overdue for salethe ink has faded so much that it is now unreadable.
This fight would have meant something if it had taken place when it was supposed to – six years ago.
The only justification seems to be providing the two millionaires with a majority increase their pensions. It’s no surprise, however, that the Manchester Arena is sold out.
This haunting war has the same morbid fascination as a highway crash. You feel guilty about being stared at, but you can’t take your eyes off it.
I doubt either of them would enjoy fighting beyond six innings. I think as soon as Brook hits Khan’s suspect in the chin, it’ll all be over.
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Most of the supposedly hateful matches are ticket carts running down the beaten track, and when the final bell rings, the men who hate each other embrace each other like long-lost brothers. .
Derek Chisora v David Haye is a classic. Chisora, after being pointed out by Vitali Klitschko in Munich, got into a scuffle with Haye at the post-fight press conference when his fellow Brit stoned him.
Haye went on to take down Chisora at Upton Park – later becoming his manager and promoter. They looked like lifelong best friends during their partnership.
However, the couple was recently seen with their arms around in the role of TV pundits. However, some grudges will be taken to the grave. Joe Frazier despises Muhammad Ali for repeatedly calling him ‘Uncle Tom’.
US President Bill Clinton and spectators around the world were moved to tears as Ali lit the Olympic flame at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
The next morning, Frazier was asked on TV if he saw the footage moving – and growled: “They should have thrown him in the fire.”
The longest-running feud in boxing is between two of their top boxers – Jack Solomons and Harry Levene – that has lasted nearly 40 years.
When the Solomons died in 1979, Levene was asked if he wanted to say something, “My next gig is at Wembley on March 22,” he replied. Now that’s a REAL hate match.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/boxing/4722103/amir-khan-kell-brook-colin-hart-boxing/ Amir Khan & Kell Brook are the men of yesterday and the sale day is over, this fight would have made sense six years ago