Latest intrigue aids Kell Brook's chances of Amir Khan fight'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹

In the crazy world of boxing, just about anything is possible.

Sunday, 16th September 2018, 11:55 am
Updated Sunday, 16th September 2018, 12:02 pm
Gennady Golovkin, left, and Canelo Alvarez trade punches in the fifth round during a middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken

And the weekend announcement by Floyd Mayweather, at the grand old age of 41, that he will come out of retirement to fight Manny Pacquiao in a rematch later this year might just be a huge factor in Kell Brook's favour.

The Sheffielder has been trying for years to get domestic rival Amir Khan in the ring. Khan has dallied over the years and recently said he'd prefer Pacquiao, as it was a bigger fight.

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Now if Mayweather v Pacquiao is to go ahead, or at least be discussed, that puts Khan on the back boiler, as he did with Brook.

Under the circumstances, who is a bigger draw now for Khan than Brook? The Principality Stadium in Cardiff appears the most likely venue.

And Brook is starting his preparations in training camp in Fuertaventura this week, I understand.

*Saul Alvarez is open to the idea of a third fight against Gennady Golovkin after taking a points decision and the Kazakh's WBC and WBA middleweight titles in Las Vegas.

Kell v Amir: will it ever happen?

Billed Canelo v GGG II, the fight came nearly a year to the day since a split-decision draw left Golovkin stunned.And Triple G was stunned again with a tight decision favouring the Mexican.

Two judges scoring the fight 115-113 and the third 114-114.

Speaking after the fight, Canelo said: "If the people want a third fight, we will do it again. But for now, I want to enjoy the moment with my family and my people.

"But if they want us to do it again, no doubt. He's a great fighter but I'm a great fighter and I showed it tonight."

Alvarez's six-month ban after testing positive for clenbuterol - he claimed the positive test came from eating contaminated meat - scuppered the first prospective rematch date earlier this year.

So expectations were high as the pair went toe to toe in the highly anticipated bout at the T-Mobile Arena.

Canelo controlled the pace but Golovkin was better with the jab in the early stages, almost a reversal of last September.

Canelo got in some strong body work in the second half of the fight but, into the 12th round, it was the champion who was pushing harder, landing a left-hook and uppercut.

Going into the final three minutes, all three judges had it at 105-104 in favour of the challenger with the Mexican's strong chin and even stronger resolve saw him go the distance and take the straps as Golovkin tasted defeat for the first time in 40 fights.

Golovkin left the ring without speaking, but later said: "I'm not going to say who won tonight because the victory belongs to Canelo according to the judges.

"I thought it was a very good fight for the fans and very exciting. I thought I fought better than he did."