Brook and Khan to face off in 2017?

Kell Brook and Amir Khan could meet in the ring as early as May 2017, with promoter Eddie Hearn confirming that the pair are "in talks" over a possible bout.

The fighters engaged in some social media sparing on Wednesday, with Khan asserting that he would be the next man "to smash Kell Brook's face", a jibe which Brook responded to by saying that he would like to "send [Khan] back to sleep".

Hearn told BBC Sport: "There's a good chance of it [the bout] happening."

He added: "Amir wants it to happen, so does Kell. We want to put a fight on for the fans."

Khan (31-4) has not fought since his knockout defeat to WBO light-middleweight champion Saul Alvarez in May. Brook (36-1), the reigning IBF world welterweight champion, would come into a bout with Khan having suffered defeat to Gennady Golovkin in a middleweight fight in September.

While the match-up is a tantalizing one, Khan has said that he would consider it to be nothing more than a "tune-up" fight.

"That fight between me and him can happen, I mean I do consider it," Khan told

"I don't mind having that as a tune-up fight – the Kell Brook fight – before I go into big fights, so we in talks, I've left it to my team. I have a great team in the UK now."