AMIR KHAN’s showdown spectacular against rival Kell Brook is ‘now or never’, promoter Eddie Hearn believes.
Khan continued his comeback to the ring over the weekend as he looks to reach the pinnacle of the sport once again.
The 31-year-old welterweight picked himself up off the canvas to beat Samuel Vargas on Saturday night in Birmingham and now has his sights set on a mega-money blockbuster next.
King Khan wants to take on either Sheffield’s Special One Brook or Filipino veteran Manny Pacquiao, knowing either will generate a huge payday.
And Hearn insists Khan will have to face Brook next or it may never happen.
“It has to happen next or it will never happen, so it’s up to these guys”
Eddie Hearn on Amir Khan vs Kell Brook
“It’s down to those guys, I think Khan has made it clear he wants Pacquiao or Brook,” Hearn said.
“That was a big fight for him [against Vargas], there is never a dull moment with Amir Khan.
“It’ll be two weeks off then we will sit round the table. Kell wants the fight and I know Amir will fight him.
“It has to happen next or it will never happen, so it’s up to these guys.
“There’s only so much we can do. We will listen to the public, we know Amir wants Pacquiao and he will fight Brook.
“It’s now or never for the Kell Brook fight.”
Khan, meanwhile, has warned Pacquiao ‘not to price himself out’ of a December dust-up or he will turn to Brook.
The Bolton fighter said: “My message to Manny is not to price himself out.
“Manny needs to know that I have got other options, I have Kell Brook there as well.
“Manny can’t price himself out, he is not going to make the same kind of money fighting anyone else. That’s my message to Manny.
“Obviously as a fighter, I’m a businessman too so I will go with whatever is the best fight financially.
“Both fights are tough, both fights are the same and they are not going to be easy.”
Khan saw off Vargas with a unanimous points win despite a second-round knockdown.
While Khan almost hit the deck again in the third, he controlled the contest in the later rounds to secure a 119-108 119-109 118-110 victory.