Clinton Woods believes the prospect of fighting Amir Khan could be the deciding factor in Kell Brook’s long-term decision to carry on boxing.
Some interested parties, including gym-mate Junior Witter, believes the 31-year-old has to question himself continuing in the sport after suffering broken eye sockets in his last two fights.
Woods, IBF light heavyweight ruler from 2005-8, thinks another factor at play is the mind-boggling purses elite boxers receive these days. “For some people it’s hard to train when you’ve got millions of quid in the bank” he said.
“Is Kell going to have the desire to come back? I don’t know. These days with the amount of money some of them earn it is hard to get back into it. Kell’s got a great team behind him though, their advice will be important. But if does come back, I think the only fight really worth getting up for is Amir Khan.
“These things are all about money nowadays- they’re labelled super-fights, not just fights - but Kell’s just lost a world title and where else is Khan going to go? It should happen.”
Woods recognises the psychological pain Brook must be experiencing after losing his world title to Errol Spence Jr.
He himself lost his to Antonio Tarver in Florida.
“I was 36 I’d had a long career, I’d been a pro 15 years and was gutted. Everything had gone wrong before in training camp and I cried my eyes out in the changing room afterwards. I was embarrassed by how I’d performed and just wanted to go home.
“As for Kell, there were a lot of rumours before his fight that the fight was going to be off, I don’t know why.
“I have no idea whether he was weight-drained and deteriorated as the fight went on. He can come back, ofcourse, but for me it would have to be at the weight above.”