Ricky Hatton says Amir Khan should face Kell Brook

Ricky Hatton
Ricky Hatton

Former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton believes a potential meeting between Amir Khan and IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook could spark a rivalry unseen in British boxing since Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank’s battles in the 1990s.

Brook’s promoters appear the more eager of the two camps to agree a date in 2016 as Khan continues to jockey for position to be the 49th and final opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr. If they should fail, Hatton believes a British super-fight could be the making of the pair.

“Amir’s got as good a chance as anyone (to face Mayweather). When you look at the names left out there for Mayweather to fight, he’s already beaten Saul Alvarez, and Miguel Cotto and Gennady Golovkin are too big at middleweight, so among fighters around his weight I can only think of Khan or Danny Garcia. If Amir doesn’t get Mayweather then I think he should go with the Kell Brook fight. Benn and Eubank made themselves with a domestic rivalry; Carl Froch and George Groves had a great rivalry. Khan and Kell Brook could have a trilogy of fights.”

Meanwhile Sean McComb progressed to the last-16 of the European Games in Baku after beating Ukrainian Tymur Beliak on a unanimous decision 28,30-27,29-28 .

Brendan Irvine and Ceire Smith will make their European Games debuts today.