Kell Brook vs Amir Khan: Special K to wear down arch rival
Kell Brook vs Amir Khan prediction, boxing

Kell Brook vs Amir Khan: Special K to wear down arch rival

Date: 2200, 19/02/2022

Venue: AO Arena

TV: Sky Sports Box Office

Kell Brook versus Amir Khan has come a few years too late but still represents a fascinating grudge match for punters to work out.

Both fighters are now 35, have had some damaging defeats and are coming back from lengthy lay-offs, so this is clearly a tricky conundrum.

However, we just feel this fight may come down to who wants it more and Brook is backed to dig deeper if the need arises in Manchester.

Special K to get the job done inside the distance at 2.25 is our first Kell Brook vs Amir Khan prediction.

Kell Brook Odds

Brook continued the success of Sheffield’s Wincobank gym by claiming the British welterweight title with a win over Barrie Jones back in 2008.

He saw off some decent domestic rivals, such as Michael Jennings and Matthew Hatton, before stepping onto the world stage.

A narrow 2014 triumph over America’s Shawn Porter brought Special K the IBF crown in 2014 and three successful defences followed.

Brook then bit off far more than he could chew when stepping up to middleweight to face the fearsome Gennady Golovkin and suffered a brutal fifth-round defeat.

The Yorkshireman then broke his eye socket in a loss to Errol Spence Jr back at welterweight before battling back to complete a hat-trick of wins.

However, when stepping up in class again, he was demolished in four rounds by the unbeaten Terence Crawford.

That was 15 months ago and there are concerns over Brook getting down to a catch-weight limit of 149lb.

Special K has always been a determined character keen to prove the doubters wrong, though, and a genuine dislike of Khan should spur him on.

Looking at the 3.6 for the favourite to prevail in rounds 7-12 is another solid selection.

Amir Khan Odds

Khan turned professional in a blaze of glory after winning a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics at the age of 17.

Early wins over Willie Limond and Michael Gomez brought him a Commonwealth title but a shock opening-round defeat by Breidis Prescott in 2008 first exposed a fragile chin.

That proved only a temporary setback, though, as Khan recovered to claim wins over Marco Antonio Barrera, Paulie Malignaggi, Marcos Maidana and Zab Judah.

His reign as WBA light-welterweight champion was cut short by losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia but again the Bolton boxer rallied to rattle off five straight wins.

Subsequent defeats to modern-day greats Canelo Alvarez and Crawford can be forgiven and Khan’s pulling power was illustrated by a lucrative victory over former IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia last time out.

An entertaining appearance in the 2017 edition of I’m A Celebrity and an eight-part reality show on BBC One centred around his family life maintained his profile.

The nagging doubt now is whether a wealthy Khan will be willing to go to war in the trenches if he can’t blast out Brook in the early exchanges, especially after being absent since July 2019.

Khan had to respond to criticism that he quit in the ring when failing to return from a low blow versus Crawford almost three years ago.

It may take Special K’s strong jab a little longer to wear him down, but 17.0 for an eighth-round stoppage completes our Kell Brook vs Amir Khan betting tips.

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