Years of ‘will they or won’t they’ finally had its answer on Saturday night as the long running bad blood between former World champions Kell Brook (40-3, 28 KOs) and Amir Khan (34-6, 21 KOs) was settled at the AO Arena in Manchester, England.
Brook now holds the bragging rights over his rival with the sixth round stoppage of Khan. Both men at this point are way past their respective peaks but Brook was adjudged to have had more in the tank, staggering Khan in the first whilst walking him down for the duration the fight lasted. Referee Victor Loughlin came to the rescue of Khan with :51 remaining of the round.
“I’ve sacrificed so much time to train for this fight, they won’t remember all of my fights they’ll just remember me fighting Amir Khan” Brook said “No disrespect to Amir, but it felt so easy in there, I’m happy the chapter has closed on Amir Khan now.
“This is the icing on the cake in my career, I can feel at peace knowing I’ve beaten him. Do I want to carry on? I’m going to sit down with my family and consider my future in the sport.
“I would’ve wanted more of a clinical knockout, like how Canelo did. But he’s been fantastic for the sport, he’s a two-time world champion for a reason and I’m just happy that we got to fight.”
Natasha Jonas (11-2-1, 7 KOs) made short work of Chris Namus (25-7, 8 KOs) who lasted just two rounds. Jonas claimed the vacant WBO female junior middleweight world title with the victory. Jonas dropped Namus in round one and finished her in round two. Jonas moved up three weight divisions.
British Olympic bronze medalist Frazer Clarke made his professional debut with a superb first round stoppage of Jake Darnell.
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