Eddie Hearn is hopeful that Kell Brook will face Amir Khan after opening talks
Last Updated: 12/10/12 4:19pm
Promoter Eddie Hearn has opened talks with Amir Khan's camp about a possible British super fight with Kell Brook.
The two fighters engaged in a heated war of words on Sky Sports' Ringside programme last week and Hearn, who promotes Brook, has revealed that a possible clash could be on the cards for next year.
Brook faces Hector Saldivia in a final eliminator for the IBF welterweight title on 20 October, live on Sky Sports, with the winner challenging for the belt early next year.
Hearn is hopeful that Brook will secure the title and set up a summer showdown with bitter rival Khan, who is expected to step up to his division in the near future.
"I first spoke to Asif Vali, Amir Khan's manager after the (Danny) Garcia fight, thinking about a potential Brook versus Khan fight in the winter or early next year," Hearn told Sky Sports News HD.
"Those discussions continued after their recent appearances on Ringside. I think this fight is inevitable, it's too big to be ignored. It's what the fans want to see, it's what the public want to see and I believe both fighters want the fight.
"Amir Khan believes he can deal with Kell Brook and Kell Brook certainly believes he can deal with Amir Khan.
"We've got business to take care of next week in a packed Sheffield Arena, a final eliminator against Hector Saldivia to become mandatory for the IBF title.
"We hope he will go on to face either Devon Alexander or Randall Bailey very early next year and then look at a Khan fight in the future.
"It's getting closer and closer and the first indications are coming from their team that they really want this fight."