Boxing’s battle of Britain awaits Brook

Set to collide: Kell Brook will face Amir Khan during the next two years says Ryan Rhodes, who believes the Sheffield boxer  would win.    Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Set to collide: Kell Brook will face Amir Khan during the next two years says Ryan Rhodes, who believes the Sheffield boxer would win. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
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KELL Brook would beat Amir Khan in a clash of two of Britain’s most highly-acclaimed boxers.

That’s the view of Ryan Rhodes, who is willing his Sheffield buddy Brook on towards world-stage greatness.

Brook, aged 25, is preparing for his WBA welterweight title eliminator against Polish scrapper Rafal Jackiewicz at Ponds Forge, Sheffield on October 8.

Brook has just defended his WBA Super World light welterweight title against a top name in Zab Judah.

But Rhodes believes a bigger challenge will arrive for Brook, in the form of Khan, 24, and thinks they will collide within the next year or two.

“I think Khan will move up to welter and open the way towards a really interesting fight with Kell” he said.

“I think that Kell would have a fantastic chance of knocking Khan out, too.

“Against Paul McCloskey, Khan struggled with a boxer who had good movement.

“Khan doesn’t cope well with fast movement and Kell has got that and whacks a lot harder than McCloskey” added the Ecclesfield light middleweight.

“Kell is with (promoters) Matchroom and they seem to have got the bit between their teeth in pushing their fighters into big shows. I can see them getting Kell into a world title fight pretty soon.”

Brook, for the time being, is concentrating on his appointment with Jackiewicz.

Former undefeated European Champion Jackiewicz, who is rated number 10 with the WBO and fifth with the IBF, has lost just one of his last 24 fights and has never been stopped in his 48-fight career.

Brook tweeted: “Just finished a nice session at the gym, roll on 8th October I’m going to put a show on for the fans!”

And his promoter Eddie Hearns added: “Fight fans flocking to Sheffield to watch The Special One.”

Khan, currently on holiday in Saudi Arabia, may not have Brook in mind right now. Promoters Golden Boy say he is only a couple of bouts away from a possible shot at pound for pound great Floyd Mayweather Jnr, late next year. But Khan isn’t confident of that saying: “I think he’ll avoid me, like he’s avoiding Manny Pacquiao,” Khan could meet the winner of Robert Guerrero’s August 27 fight with Marcos Maidana.