Hearn claimed Khan was “ripped to pieces” after being stopped by Brook, but praised the 35-year-old’s resilience after being “wobbled” in the first round.
Eddie Hearn has claimed Amir Khan was “ripped to pieces” in his loss to Kell Brook, but praised him for refusing to give up.
The British star was brutally beaten by bitter rival Brook in a Manchester grudge match that ended in an abrupt sixth-round stoppage.
Khan faced retirement calls following the loss after Brook’s dominant display to settle their rivalry.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn said “props” should be given to Khan for his part in the fight despite the tough loss.
“The first is – it would have been such an amazing fight in their primes because it was always exciting because of the rivalry,” Hearn told the DAZN Boxing Show.
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“We have to give massive props to Amir Khan because he was completely taken down at the start of this fight. He was rattled by a jab in the first round, his legs were all over the place from the first bell, but he didn’t give up.
“Fair play for him, he never stopped trying. And he knew deep in his heart, in fact, he would have known in boot camp that he had been shot. But he never stopped trying to win.
“Kell FaceTimed me last night and I had a really good chat with him. I was like, ‘You looked nervous.’ He said: “I was nervous. But then I saw Amir come out and he looked petrified. I think everyone doubted each other.
Khan originally planned to continue fighting on the condition that he got the win, but was unable to raise his hand after a thunderous fight.
He shook hands with his rival and showed signs of respect after the pair were reunited backstage for the post-fight press conference.
The 35-year-old was visibly disheartened by the result despite giving Brook all the credit for his dominating performance.
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A decision will soon be made by Khan who will assess his future in the boxing ring, but he dropped a huge hint after admitting his ‘love’ for the sport was waning.
“He put on a great performance and did everything he needed to,” Khan said after the fight. “I had 40 fights, won two world titles, fought in America and around the world.
“I have to sit with my family. But it’s more towards the end of my career. The love of sport is no longer there. In the ring, I had no excitement and that push.
“Maybe it’s a sign that I should stop this but let’s see.”
Brook has faced a number of calls since his dominating win over Khan, including domestic rivals Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr.
However, like Khan, he is yet to make a decision on his fighting future, but admitted he would like to do another fight if the offer is in the “millions”.