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Carl Frampton: Amir Khan must fight Kell Brook now

By Carl Frampton

It doesn’t matter who you are, a career can easily go off the boil and Amir Khan needs a big fight more than ever.

Khan has had only three fights since March 2014 and his last one was against Chris Algieri last May. Since then he’s been waiting around for fights with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao and it hasn’t happened for whatever reason — now it’s really time he did a deal to fight Kell Brook.

Khan’s still a very big name in world boxing but maybe Mayweather and Pacquiao thought he was too dangerous because of his speed, but whatever is going on he just can’t get the defining fights he really wants.

The fact is you can’t hang around forever waiting for the big one or your career can suddenly start to go backwards. 

Khan has been taking some stick for allegedly dodging Brook and up to now he has been saying that he was trying to get one of the big two. But now Khan has to face Brook for his IBF World welterweight title because his credibility is at stake.

Both guys are 29, they’re in their prime years and after my fight with Scott Quigg on February 27 then Khan-Brook is the next big all-UK fight. 

I wouldn’t say that Khan needs it more than Brook because Khan is a bigger name in the States than Brook but timing is everything and for both this is the time and I actually believe that they will strike a deal.

It’s a natural outdoor arena fight, though I don’t see it doing 80,000 at Wembley Stadium. It has been compared to Carl Froch and George Groves II which sold out Wembley and had massive pay-per-view sales but that fight came out of extraordinary circumstances — there was a controversial stoppage and Groves went into the fight with the crowd booing him and then leaving to cheers.

Khan-Brook isn’t that big but it could do around 40,000, it would be pay-per-view and for both men it would be the highest earning fight — not that Khan really needs the money because he has been in some very big fights.

But he does need the fight to prove a point, to show he’s the best welterweight in Britain and also to show people that he isn’t dodging the fight with Brook. He also needs to be active because inactivity is a curse for a fighter.

You always need options and I was fortunate that my team were able to deliver my American debut after the talks for the Quigg fight to take place last summer fell apart.

I respect Khan as a fighter, he has come back from being flattened by Breidis Prescott early on and then Danny Garcia flattened him and he has come back again. That takes courage and guts.

He clearly wants to have some huge fights before he hangs up his gloves and a win over Brook would spark his career into life again. 

If he doesn’t agree a deal to fight Brook then you have to wonder just where he goes from here. 

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