JOHNNY NELSON: Kell Brook's victory over Amir Khan will be important for his life after boxing

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JOHNNY NELSON: Kell Brook’s victory over Amir Khan will be important for the rest of his life… but BOTH fighters should now walk away from the sport

  • Kell Brook and Amir Khan finally settled their rivalry in the ring on Saturday night
  • Brook beat Khan via TKO in the sixth round at the AO Arena in Manchester  
  • Khan afterwards admitted he doesn’t feel the same love for the sport anymore 


I’m so happy that Kell Brook won because losing to Amir Khan would have affected him for the rest of his life. Life after boxing can be very troubling for a fighter. You are always searching for the high that a fight gives you. We see it so often, within five years of stepping away, so many end up involved in drink, drugs or acts of violence.

The potential pitfalls are everywhere, especially in such an insular world as Sheffield which is Kell’s home. I know because I’ve been there in that situation.

He would not have moved away if he’d lost and every day someone would be reminding him of that defeat, there would have been no escape. It would have been traumatic.

Kell Brook defeated long-term rival Amir Khan in dramatic fashion in Manchester on Saturday

Kell Brook defeated long-term rival Amir Khan in dramatic fashion in Manchester on Saturday

That’s why this morning, when he is floating on the euphoria of one of British boxing’s great nights and being offered the moon, sun and the stars to fight the next up-and-coming contender, he should say ‘this is enough, it’s time to go.’

The temptation to fight one more time burns deep because you crave it, but he will sleep well at night after defeating Amir. That was his motivation. He would not train that well again for any other opponent.

I feel for Amir, but I believe he can handle this differently. He was humble in defeat, there were no excuses and he hinted that he’d had enough.

At 35 and nearing the end of their careers, the pair finally settled the longstanding grudge

At 35 and nearing the end of their careers, the pair finally settled the longstanding grudge 

Amir Khan, 35, revealed he's leaning towards retirement after his defeat to Kell Brook

Amir Khan, 35, revealed he’s leaning towards retirement after his defeat to Kell Brook

He is already a wealthy guy, a celebrity and is the more media savvy of the two — so he will be able to forge himself another career.

Kell is not the same and needs a different distraction. His father is a clever businessman and I hope he now follows that example.

Noel Gallagher said to me on Saturday that Kell came to win and Amir came not to lose.

That summed it up. Kell suited being the hunter and in Dominic Ingle he had a man in his corner who he could trust with his life.

Amir didn’t have that. As soon as he was in trouble, you didn’t believe that Brian ‘Bomac’ McIntyre was fully invested in guiding Amir through and it played into Kell’s hands.

I just pray they both make the right decision now and walk away.

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