KEY POINTS

  • Amir Khan has yet to name who he will fight in 2020
  • Kell Brook will be making his comeback fight on Feb. 8 against Mark DeLuca
  • Brook vows to retire if he fails to beat DeLuca

Amir Khan had a so-so 2019 in the boxing ring and the Bolton fighter seems to change all that in 2020. Though he did not mention any names, the 33-year-old pug knows that he has options.

"I am in a position where I can fight the top fighters that bring a lot of money to the table and I am very lucky to be in that position,” Khan told The Bolton News.

In the eyes of many, a big fight for Khan would be to face British rival, Kell Brook. That clash almost went down in 2018 - the year when Khan signed a multi-fight deal with Eddie Hearn. With both under the same promoter, the chances were pretty high. Unfortunately, Khan opted to face Terence Crawford instead, a fight he lost via TKO. It was a clash for the WBO welterweight title.

Of course, that fight ended in controversy. Boxingscene.com pointed out how Khan got a low blow, unable to continue. The fight was stopped in the sixth. A rematch makes sense but that has not been revealed as part of the former world champion's plans.

Pundits speculate that 2020 could be Khan's swan song. If so, boxing fans would want nothing more than to see him and rival Kell Brook clash. Brook last fought in December 2018, winning via unanimous decision against Michael Zerafa. He did not fight in 2019.

The Sheffield fighter is set to face Mark DeLuca on Feb. 8, his comeback fight. A win could set the stage for the much-awaited showdown with Khan. However, a loss could alter the course. Brook vowed he would retire if he lost to DeLuca - meaning a long-coveted fight with Khan may never take place.

For Brook, the thought of finally facing Khan could be added motivation. His proverbial jab of Khan being afraid to lose to him has been made known and a win over DeLuca could pressure the Bolton fighter into finally facing him.

“He’s been saying for years that he will do this, that and other to me, so when I put him flat on his face he wouldn’t be able to walk around the streets. It would do him in," said Brook to The Mirror.

Things should get pretty interesting after Feb. 8. If Brook wins, expect him to call out the former sparring partner of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. Now the question is will Khan oblige or opt to face someone else?