Veteran trainer Adam Booth, who works with Josh Kelly, Ryan Burnett, Michael Conlan and others, is surprised that a welterweight clash between Amir Khan and Kell Brook is still being discussed.
The fight between Khan and Brook has been in play for several years – and no deal has been in sight.
In their most recent fights, both boxers put in lackluster performances.
Khan was dropped and struggled to win against huge underdog Samuel Vargas, and Brook struggled and got hurt by another huge underdog, Michael Zerafa. Both fights were made as stay-busy bouts to push the boxers forward to a potential clash in 2019.
But now a 2019 is not exactly a lock, as Khan is considering other options – like a potential March world title fight against WBO world champion Terence Crawford in New York City.
Booth believes both boxers are past their best days, but matching them against each other at this point could still potentially produce a good fight – since both are seemingly at the same level right now.
“I’m surprised that people are still bleating on about this fight. Eddie [Hearn] wants it to happen because it makes business,” Booth said to The Express.
“Khan’s last performance, he was getting caught, both of them have lost that reaction time. They both looked past their sell-by dates in their last fights. I thought Kell looked terrible and too easy to hit and I don’t think his healthy sun tan can hide what you can see in his face.
“[Brook] looks older than he actually is and probably how he’s lived is beginning to show. Now, two donkeys can make a derby, right? If you match two people at the same level, you’re going to get a good fight, you will get a glossy event and a good fight, but you’ll be getting two of them past their sell-by dates.”