They say that some things in life are worth waiting for, and I guess we’ll find out Saturday if that’s the case when Amir Khan vs Kell Brook finally goes down.
These two super-talented UK fighters have been near the top of the sport for more than a decade now, but they’ve never met. It’s always been potentially a huge draw on the other side of the pond – but for whatever reason it’s never happened. Until now.
Finally, late in their careers, they need each other – a tale as old as time. Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao was probably five years after its peak potential when it finally took place – but it still produced huge PPV numbers. Khan vs Brook will not challenge that success, but it will do pretty nicely.
The arena in Manchester where they will fight sold out quickly and the bout is a PPV attraction in the UK.
So as we count down to fight night, here’s all you need to know about Khan vs Brook from a boxing betting perspective.
It speaks volumes to the fact this fight is happening years after its prime that not many online bookmakers are offering odds right now – and we are just days away from the fight.
Good job bet365 is a global player though, and it has come through with odds. Brook is trading as a slight favorite but it’s cigarette paper stuff. Everybody expects a close fight.
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Khan vs Brook Picks & Best Bets
We normally post our big-fights the day before the bout, and this week is no different. We have three picks – including a sweet +350 wager which should net you a few dollars.
Our predictions for you are:
- Brook to win inside distance (by KO, TKO or DQ)
- Brook to win in Rounds 1-6
- Will the fight go the distance? No
For full details on why we came up with those picks, and what the odds are, check out our betting predictions page.
Start time, TV & live stream
Khan vs Brook takes place in Manchester, England on Saturday February 19 and ring walks are expected between 1700 and 1800 ET, that’s between 1400-1500 Pacific.
You can watch the bout on TV or live stream on connected devices as ESPN+ has the call in the U.S.
Khan vs Brook Weights
Khan vs Brook takes place at a catchweight of 149lbs – two pounds above the normal welterweight limit.
Despite all the talk about Brook maybe not making weight, both men came in under the limit at Friday’s weighin in Manchester.
Khan was 147.3lbs, with Brook slightly heavier at 148.3.
Amir Khan Profile & Career Record
Khan, born in Bolton, England on December 8, 1986 – is now 35 years old and a former professional world champion. He stands 5ft 10ins tall and has a reach of 71 ins.
Amir first came onto the big-time radar when he claimed Olympic silver in Athens 2004 at the tender age of 17. Five years later he claimed his first world title at super-lightweight with a win over Andreas Kotelnik.
Khan’s pro record is 34-5 with 21 wins coming by way of knockout. Four of his five defeats have come inside distance, and that hints at his major flaw. A questionable chin.
Amir when he was younger possessed dazzling speed and boxing ability allied to good power. But too often he got dragged into a fight when boxing cleverly from the outside was a way better strategy. Likely it cost him the chance to be a bona fide superstar.
Khan has some good wins on his resume – including Paulie Malignaggi, Marco Antonio Barrera, Marcos Maidana and Zab Judah. But when he’s stepped up to true elite level in recent years – vs P4P king ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Terence Crawford – it’s ended in an early night for the Bolton man.
Amir’s last bout was a pretty meaningless stoppage of Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia in 2019. We’ll find out Saturday just what he has left.
Kell Brook Profile & Career Record
If Khan’s chin is his weak point, then it’s the eyes which are the problem for Brook.
Kell suffered orbital fractures in back-to-back losses to Gennadiy Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr in 2016 and 2017.
Brook was a world welterweight king between 2014 and 2017 and has a pro ledger of 39-3 with 27 of his wins coming inside distance.
The man from Sheffield is 35 years old like Khan, and he stands 5ft 9ins tall and has a reach of 69½ ins.
Like Khan, Brook is a supremely talented boxer who has fallen just short at the very top level – his last fight was a stoppage loss to Crawford in Las Vegas in late 2020.