Jeff Horn Could Be Set for Return Against Kell Brook


Jeff Horn Could Be Set for Return Against Kell Brook

 

Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn could be set to make a return to the boxing ring next month in a clash with Britain's Kell Brook. If a deal can be reached between the two parties, a fight between the former world champions is likely to take place at super-welterweight in the UK.

Horn was last in action in November where he was back to winning ways with a victory over Anthony Mundine in Brisbane. The Australian claimed the WBO Oriental and WBA Oceania middleweight titles in what was a short evening as he stopped his opponent after just 1min 36secs of the first round.

 

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The biggest win of Horn's professional career came in July 2017 when he upset the odds to defeat the legend that is Manny Pacquiao following the judges' scorecards. He defended that title against Gary Corcoran in his next bout before losing to Terence Crawford in a unification contest in Las Vegas last year.

Brook, on the other hand, recovered from losses to Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr to win both of his fights in 2018 and he will be hoping to push for a world title shot himself this year if he can get past Horn. The fight could take place in Sheffield, the home town of Special K who beat Michael Zerafa at the FlyDSA arena last month.

Khan Agrees to Fight Crawford

British pair Brook and Khan have been rumoured to have discussed the option of fighting in a domestic contest in the near future, however, that has now been put on hold as Khan has agreed to face WBO welterweight champion Crawford in April.


 

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Khan returned to the ring in 2018 after a two-year absence and earned victories over Phil Lo Greco and Samuel Vargas. He is 9/2 in the latest boxing odds for his fight against Crawford which will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York.

A crushing defeat to Canelo Alvarez in 2016 looked to have ended the career of Khan in 2016 and following that contest the British boxer appear on the reality TV series I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here which was filmed in Australia. Khan still aspirations of winning a world title again though, and he has the opportunity to do that if he can beat Crawford who is unbeaten in 34 fights.

Crawford has been a world champion at three weight divisions so far. His first success came in 2014 when he got past Ricky Burns in Scotland for the WBO lightweight title. Just a year later he went up to the light-welterweight division to claim the WBO strap following a sixth-round stoppage of Yuriorkis Gamboa.

After a number of years of defending his light-welterweight title, Bud fought at welterweight for the first time when he took on Horn for the Australian's crown last June. Crawford proved his class once again and since then has retained that belt, with a victory coming against Jose Benavidez Jr. The American will have big plans in 2019 and in order to achieve those, he will be hoping to shine against Khan in his opening assignment of the year.