Amir Khan could fight Conor Benn next as Eddie Hearn plays down talk of grudge match against Kell Brook

Amir Khan could fight Conor Benn next as Eddie Hearn plays down talk of grudge match against Kell Brook

AMIR KHAN's swan song could pit him against Conor Benn if the welterweight prospect gets through Samuel Vargas on Saturday night.

The former WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion is looking to have one more fight before bringing the curtain down on his career.

Khan had hoped to go out with a Battle of Britain against Kell Brook but has been unsuccessful in his latest bid to land the fight, which has prompted the undefeated Benn to call for a clash with the Olympian.

Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn is intrigued by the potential fight, telling iFL TV: “I know there’s been a lot of talk about his interviews where he talks about Amir Khan and Kell Brook, but why not?

“If Conor Benn does a job, would you like to see Conor Benn against Amir Khan? Listen, you know I’ve tried to make Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook for years.

“Let’s be honest, it ain’t what it was. It ain’t really a big fight compared to what it once was.

"Even if I end up promoting it, it ain’t really a big fight anymore compared to what it was.

“Now, Amir Khan vs. Conor Benn, that’s a different kind of story, a much different narrative.


"You got a guy [Amir Khan] that is at the end of his career against a guy that is a young upstart that happens to be Nigel Benn’s son.

“I’m absolutely loving being in the career and being involved in the career and journey of Conor Benn.

"Since he comes over, he’s been all over the place.

“He’s worked his absolute nuts off to become a world-class welterweight.

"We’ll get to see that on Saturday. Against [Sebastian] Formella, he beat him up, and Formell went into a shell. Vargas won’t do that.

“He will not go into a shell. He will stand and fight until you put him out or the corner saves him, and I think this is going to be an absolute thriller."

Hearn, however, is refusing to look past Vargas, adding: “I think it’s going to be a really, really tough fight that will go back and forth."

He continued: "The most dangerous thing we can do is overlook Samuel Vargas. This is a 50-50 fight.

"Look at the level Vargas has operated at and lost at. That’s where his losses have come."

It's unclear whether Khan, 34, would accept a fight with Benn given his eagerness to share the ring with Brook.

He recently told talkSPORT: “So I called Eddie Hearn and I said ‘let’s make it happen’.

“Eddie said ‘no worries’, spoke to Kell’s family and Kell’s father wasn’t interested in it. He said ‘no, we’re gonna look at other options’.

“What other option is there for Kell Brook to make a good payday and fight someone with a big name like myself? Unless he fights someone with a world title or in America.

“So I’m scratching my head man, I’m thinking like, ‘What’s he going through?’

“What’s going on with Kell Brook? How come he doesn’t want the fight? Let’s make it happen.”

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