Amir Khan v Kell Brook: Carl Froch makes prediction ahead of grudge match

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Amir Khan and Kell Brook face off ahead of their grudge match

Amir Khan will struggle with Kell Brook’s ‘punching power’, according to Carl Froch (Picture: Getty)

Carl Froch says Kell Brook is a ‘fantastic talent’ and believes his ‘punching power’ will be too much for Amir Khan in their highly-anticipated grudge match.

Brook and Khan have been fierce rivals since their amateur days and finally get the chance to settle their differences in what promises to be an intriguing all-British affair at Manchester Arena on Saturday night.

Though the bout will undoubtedly have garnered more interest a few years earlier, Khan insists he’s feeling ‘better at 35 than 25’ and has no intention of calling it a day in the sport even if Brook comes out on top.

Brook, meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with Metro.co.uk, outlined his plan to ruin Khan’s legacy and said the Bolton fighter will be wanting to retire when he’s finished with him and ‘taken his chin off’.

Both men last fought at the welterweight limit of 147lbs but have agreed to meet at a 149lb catchweight and Froch feels this will likely work in Brook’s favour this weekend.

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‘I’d rather be Kell Brook going into this because I think the speed and the reflexes that Amir Khan holds and the fast hands, he can probably only do that for three, four, five rounds,’ Froch told Sky Sports.

‘If this fight goes past five or six round I’d rather be Kell Brook with the natural ability, the timing, the footwork and the elegance in that ring. He’s a fantastic talent.

‘If I’m totally honest I want Kell Brook to win. I think at this stage, the way that this fight is happening, it’s happened a couple of years later than we’d have liked it to… I’d have made Amir Khan the favourite four or five years ago.

‘Now I’m making Kell Brook the favourite, but only slightly and that’s because he can punch. He’s got a nice, powerful, tasty punch, especially at this weight.

‘The fight is happening at 149lb, a couple of pounds over the welterweight division so I favour that punching power over the speed and footwork of Amir Khan because I don’t think he’s going to be able to sustain that for 12 rounds.’

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Froch is confident Brook will emerge the victor in Manchester (Picture: Getty)

In an interview with Sky Sports, Josh Taylor, the undisputed light-welterweight champion, predicted Brook would win by knockout between rounds six and eight.

‘He doesn’t change up the pace, everything’s always at 100 miles per hour, and he throws lots of punches,’ the Scot said.

‘Kell could possibly get accustomed to the speed and time him over five, six, seven rounds.

‘Early doors, it will be Khan, maybe with a little bit of speed and stuff.

‘But I do think Kell will get used to it and time him and hit him with a good shot.

‘I think Brook by knockout I’m going to say, rounds six to eight I would say.’


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