Ever since his silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games Amir Khan has been regarded as the next big thing in British boxing.
Indeed, it all seemed to be going so well as the Bolton man moved up the weight divisions and made serious headways in the professional circuit.
Having lost embarrassingly to Breidis Prescott in 54 seconds back in 2008, Khan has developed his game and proved able to take a punch when defeating Andreas Kotelnik for the WBA Lightweight title, before beating Zab Judah to lift the IBF Light Welterweight belt.
Everything seemed to be going so well but his infamous loss to Lamont Petersen and the subsequent defeat in Vegas to Danny Garcia has suddenly changed Khan’s career path from rising star to falling no-hoper.
Now, instead of making fights on the strength of his name, Khan looks likely to appease the whims of his opponents after Kell Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed any fight between the pair would favour his fighter.
“(Khan) is coming off back-to-back losses, he has no belt and he doesn’t really bring that much to the table,” Hearn told news sport reporters. “If Amir Khan wants to fight for the title when we’ve won it then that’ll be on our terms.”
Hearn could not have hit the nail more firmly on the head. For the once lead box-office fighter in the UK is at a stage of his career where lucrative fights against up-coming opponents are more viable than facing the pinnacle of the sport. Khan cannot draw the big names anymore and will be desperate to fight Brook – a man he wouldn’t have thought twice about 18 months ago, but who now is favoured to win in the latest betting line.
Brook, meanwhile, will see Khan merely as a stepping-stone to further success. If a bout is scheduled after Brook wins the IBF Welterweight title this January, it could well be the last big fight of Khan’s career.