Kell Brook v Amir Khan: months away, if it ever happens

Kell Brook (in action against Sergey Rabchenka
Kell Brook (in action against Sergey Rabchenka

Kell Brook may have started his "Operation Khange" training camp in Fuertaventura - but his much sought-after scrap with domestic rival Amir Khan could be more than four months away.

Sheffield's former welterweight world champion wanted Khan opposite him by the end of the year, a possible swan song to his glittering Ingle gym career.

But Khan continues to be difficult to tie down, despite his promotional tie-in with Eddie Hearn.

“Khan looks like it might happen in February now,” Hearn told IFLTV.

“Either Brook or (Manny) Pacquiao – There’s a little bit more hope on the Brook side.”

That means Brook will have to alter the focus of his trainíng camp, or change direction and hope Hearn can deliver another big fight.

The Dore warrior has no interest in tick-overs, he just wants major-league opponents, he'd fancy his chances against any of the light middleweight title holders, Jarrett Hurd, Jermell Charlo or Jaime Munguia.

Meanwhile, Sheffield fighter Kyle Yousaf is closing in on his first title.

He competes for the vacant English Flyweight title against Derbyshire's Conar Blackshaw at Barnsley Metrodome on Friday.

Yousaf is a stylish boxer with 13 straight wins under his belt.

It is scheduled to be the first 10-rounder for either men.

It's a decent card, on a Stefy Bull Promotion, including: 

Flyweight Kyle Yousaf 13 0 0 v Conar Blackshaw 6 2 0 vacant BBBofC English Flyweight Title

Lightweight Robbie Barrett 16 3 1 v Matty Fagan 12 3 0 for the IBF European Lightweight Title

Lightweight Connor Coghill 2 0 0 v Michael Horabin 1 4 0        

Super lightweight Sam O'maison    15 2 0 v TBA    

Bantamweight Josh Wale 26 9 2 v TBA            

Lightweight Terri Harper 3 0 0 v Bec Connolly 1 2 0.

However at Lightweight, an injury to Atif Shafiq means his match with Andy Townend is off.

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