Hearn offers positive update as Khan-Brook talks continue
Eddie Hearn insists there is still a "long way to go" in negotiations between Amir Khan and Kell Brook but is confident the two rivals will finally do battle in the ring in 2019.
Khan revealed on Sky Sports' Toe 2 Toe podcast on Tuesday that Brook is willing to sign up for the bout at welterweight, along with agreeing to a 10-pound rehydration limit.
While Brook hit back at such claims on Twitter, writing: "I'll weigh in at 147, and then eat whatever I like", Hearn has seen a willingness on both sides to talk about the details for the long-awaited bout to take place early next year.
"We are [moving closer], actually," Hearn told Sky Sports. "It's the first time where we've probably actively negotiated, and it has never happened before.
"Probably in five years trying to make this fight, we've never been at a stage where we are actually going back and forth with information, planning dates, and things like that.
"There is a long way to go, but I do believe now that both guys have got it in their head that that fight will happen in February or March next year."
“Please Mr Brook don’t rehydrate and hurt me “— Kell Brook (@SpecialKBrook) October 9, 2018
This DIVA still thinks he’s a celebrity and in the Jungle rationing what I can eat?? @amirkingkhan I’ll weigh in at 147, and then eat whatever I like#Khanivore#TooShookForBrook
Hearn confirmed Brook – who held the IBF welterweight title until his defeat to Errol Spence Jr in May 2017 – plans to be back in action in December.
However, the promoter also played down Khan's claim that the two parties had already agreed a rehydration cut-off point.
"He [Brook] is already in camp and has been for a long time because he knows he can't afford to make any mistakes if he's going to make 147," Hearn added.
"He can make it [at welterweight], there is talk of a rehydration clause, but nothing is confirmed on that.
"It's not going to be easy, both guys are going to want their advantages going into this fight, but I just want to get it made."