Amir Khan and Kell Brook will settle their long-running feud tonight – and the blockbuster fight will be exclusively live on talkSPORT.
The British welterweight rivals, both 35, have been linked with facing each other for years and will now finally go head-to-head.
Khan, the former unified light-welterweight world champion, has not been in action since seeing off Billy Dib in July 2019.
Meanwhile, Brook, who held the IBF welterweight title from 2014 to 2017, lost to Terence Crawford in November 2020.
Now, they will finally meet and British boxing fans could be in for a classic.
The two rivals took to the scales on Friday for the weigh-in with Brook coming in at 148.3lbs and Khan following up at 147.3lbs.
Khan vs Brook: Date and start time
- This 12-round welterweight fight will take place on Saturday, February 19
- It is being staged at the 21,000 capacity Manchester Arena
- The night’s action will get going from 6pm
- The ring walks for Khan vs Brook are expected to take place at 10:30pm
Khan vs Brook: talkSPORT commentary
talkSPORT will bring you full, exclusive coverage of the fight.
Adam Catterall will be your host with Gareth A Davies, Spencer Oliver and Andy Clarke bringing all the best build-up, the bout itself and all the ringside reaction and analysis.
They will be joined by welterweight star Conor Benn to analyze all the action.
talkSPORT.com also wants to be running a live blog for all the action.
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Khan vs Brook: How to watch
The bout will also be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office and will cost £19.95.
Their coverage will begin at 6pm and you can find out more here.
Khan vs Brook: Undercard
Natasha Jonas was originally set to face Ewa Piatkowska for the vacant WBO World Super-Welterweight Championship but will now take on Chris Namus.
Amir’s cousin Abdul (2-0) also wants to be part of the undercard.
Frazer Clarke, the former Team GB Olympic boxing captain and bronze medalist from Tokyo, also wants to make his pro debut.
- MAIN EVENT: Amir Khan vs Kell Brook
- Natasha Jonas v Chris Namus – for vacant WBO super-welterweight title
- Frazer Clarke vs Jake Darnell
- Adam Azim vs Jordan Ellison
- Viddal Riley vs Willbeforce Shihepo
- Charlie Schofield vs Germaine Brown – for BBBofC English super-middleweight title
- Bradley Rea vs Craig McCarthy
- Hassan Azim vs MJ Hall
- Abdul Khan vs Ricky Starkey
- Ibrahim Nadim vs Taka Bembere
Khan vs Brook: What has been said?
Amir Khan: “What I’ve done in the sport. The name I’ve got. You can see how bitter he is.
“My celebrity status? That comes because of what I’ve achieved in the sport of boxing. It’s not because of other things.
“I have put on great performances, won world titles, made a name for myself in America. It all comes from boxing. How can you hate on that?
“I have capitalized on what I’ve done in boxing. He hates that. He can hate me as much as he wants. Once I beat him, he will hate me even more!
“Now I know that he hates me, it will only make me train harder.
“There are bigger names, tougher fights. But I had to give this to the British fans.
“So I’ve had to step down to give him a beating and show the British public who the best is.”
Kell Brook: “It’s personal. It’s not made up. We dislike each other. I’ve got the grudge match of my career.
“I haven’t lost anything. I might be 35. But Terence Crawford is 34, so is Shawn Porter, and they just had an epic fight. Crawford is one of the best pound for pound.
“I’ve still got the power, still got the timing, the experience. It will be one of my best performances.
“It’s about bragging rights. Imagine – whoever loses has to live with it for the rest of their lives. I will put myself through hell in training.
“I looked into his eyes – he knows that I’m coming. He never wanted this fight but he’s been backed into a corner. I’ve wanted it for years.”
Khan v Brook: Tale of the Tape
Amir Khan-Kell Brook
- 34 wins 39
- 5 – Lost – 2
- 21 – KOs – 26
- 0 – Draws – 0
- 39 – Total Bouts – 41
- 54% – KO% – 63%
- 5’10” – Height – 5’9″
- 71″ – Reach – 69″
- Orthodox – Stance – Orthodox
- Bolton, Lancashire – Birth place – Sheffield, Yorkshire
- December 8, 1986 – Date of Birth – May 3, 1986
Khan vs Brook: How the fight could be won
Khan joined talkSPORT on Monday where he declared he hoped Brook’s name would never be mentioned again after their fight.
“Obviously Kell is trained, he’s ready and he says he is going to do X,Y and Z,” he told Drive.
“I’m more than ready going into this fight, it is a massive fight. For us, for me especially, it is like going into a world title fight.
“Obviously I have fought all around the world, fought different names from all around the world and it is going to be amazing just to step back in that ring again.
“In front of my home crowd, to show them the fight that they have always wanted to see. They’ve always wanted to see me punch Kell Brook right through the head, give him a boxing lesson, beat him and obviously this could be Kell Brook’s last fight.
“I mean, the way I finish him on the weekend, I don’t think there will be any more words or his name will never be mentioned to me again.”
“There is no love between us. I have been in Kell’s head for the last ten years – I think he owes me some rent!
“It has come to that stage now where everywhere we go, everyone has been talking about this fight and I have to now put him in his place.”
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Brook, meanwhile, admits he won’t be looking for a knockout but insists he can feel a ‘big blow’ coming which could prove devastating.
“I’m not going out there hunting for a knockout, it never works,” Brook told talkSPORT.
“I just feel in my bones that I will find him and I will get him. But I have just got to stay focused, stay sharp and I really believe that I will get that shot in them 12 rounds.
“So when that shot comes, you will have to find out and tune in.
“I don’t like the guy. I feel that he has not given me the respect I deserve. And I am going to be able to punch him in the face in so many days so I can take the frustration out on him.”
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