Khan and Brook have chance of redemption but will both men survive with dignity?

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Aamir Khan and Klay Brook have a big money chance of signing in the genre, but if there’s one sport to master for self-sabotage it’s boxing.

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Khan, 34, is a Team GB Bolton hero who claimed silver at the 2004 Olympics as a 17-year-old sensation and won world titles in light-welter.

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Aamir Khan and Kel Brook will face each other in the ring in Februarycredits: PA

Brooke, 35, is Sheffield’s boy-next-door whose stellar potential means he should have achieved more than he should have from his four-fight IBF welterweight world title reign.

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Both veterans must put their legacies into practice and are free to land one final payday for this retirement cash-out struggle in February, when they settle their decade-long grievance.

But when the pressure of pay-per-view sales begins to mount and all the bad blood is revisited, can the two giants maintain their dignity?

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Khan is oddly blamed for approaching Brooke, a married father of two, to come out and confirm that he is gay.

Brooke – always the less attention-seeking of the two – has nicknamed her nemesis Amir Khan-Dashian after the fame-begging American celebrity.

So there is a apprehension that it may turn into a very disappointing situation.


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Both men were capable of stellar performances in the ring, with Brooke’s 2014 world title win over American Sean Porter being one of the most underrated victories for a Brit abroad, but also the form to walk herself away from it.

David Hay should be remembered as an all-time great, but the way he tried to grab every last pound by promoting his last two Tony Bellew bouts haunted his memory.

Inspiration is to be drawn from a UK icon like Ricky Hatton, who was able to use his final fight as an emotional and exhilarating experience, where he bowed down with respect and admiration even in defeat.

Brooke has lost three of his last six matches and required facial surgery on cheek fractures Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence.

Khan – who proved his bravery dozens of times – cut a tragic figure after leaving his 2019 fight with Terrence Crawford after a tragic low blow.

When this bout finally comes—and don’t dismiss it with hurt or argument before the first bell—it will offer a sub-standard performance compared to their spectacular prime.

Worst we can hope for is some faint force messing around in the build-up and then not much inside the ring

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But it does provide both men with a shot at redemption and peace of mind in their long retirement, as both fell short of what was arguably their enormous starting potential.

The best we can hope for is that two middle-aged millionaires perform their media duties in a decent fashion and when they finally do battle, give their fans their last great memory.

The worst we can hope for is some faint force messing around in the build-up and then not much inside the ring.

Khan and Brook both deserve to join the pantheon of British boxing greats who made themselves loved by the masses for more than their records, brutal yet flawed, heroic but humble.

Frank Bruno, Hatton, Harol Graham, Luke Campbell, some world champions and nothing else, were all loved by the British boxing crowd for giving their all.

Khan and Brook probably have more money than all of them, but now they have a chance to save and secure their reputation.

Both men achieved much more than their biggest fans or critics could, but there is a small belief that both should have done more – greed or lack of dedication didn’t get in the way.

With his world title in the record books and a family fortune for a generation or two, this bout is our last chance to remind us of his undoubted talent.

Hopefully they’ll grab glory with both hands and have a final chance at trash-talking their way through their fingers to slip a few more PPV pounds.

Khan stuns on stage by winning Olympic silver in Athens 2004

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Khan stuns on stage by winning Olympic silver in Athens 2004credit: Getty Images – Getty
Brooke was defeated by Gennady Golovkin in 2016, the first of three defeats in six matches.

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Brooke was defeated by Gennady Golovkin in 2016, the first of three defeats in six matches.Credits: Newsgroup Newspapers Ltd.

Amir Khan’s fight against bitter rival Klay Brook was finally confirmed in a massive clash in Manchester on February 19

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