WBC silver welterweight champion Amir Khan has given hope of a possible bout with domestic rival Kell Brook within the next 12 months, but only if the Sheffield-born fighter can overcome the undefeated Shawn Porter in their IBF title clash.
There has been plenty of speculation as to who the 27-year-old will fight next, with him being linked with a possible fight against the illustrious Manny Pacquiao in November.
However Brook, who has been trying to set up a fight with Khan for the past two years, continues to call out his British foe – but until now the 2004 Olympic silver medallist has been dismissive of the possibility of them ever sharing the ring.
“At the moment, no, he (Brook) isn’t on the agenda,” Khan told the Sheffield Star. “He has his hands full with Shawn Porter but if he wins then he could definitely be an opponent in the future.
“Kell has to prove himself first. He has to do that against someone credible.
“I can actually see him not even taking the fight (with Porter) but if he does then fair play, I take my hat off to him and wish him all the best.
“If he wins then it’s worth me and him getting inside the ring at some point within a year.”
Brook will enter the contest with Porter in New York boasting an unblemished 32 fight record after overcoming Alvaro Robles earlier this year, and if he needed any more incentives, he now knows if he wins the August 9th bout he will potentially get the shot at Khan he has been desperately craving.
Khan had previously stated that Brook’s resume was the main reason he didn’t feel the fighter deserved a chance but the Bolton man now wants ‘The Special One’ to prove himself against the undefeated American, Porter, in order to show he is worthy of his time.
Khan announced his arrival in the welterweight division with an emphatic points victory over former WBA champion Luis Collazo in Las Vegas last month.
He has confirmed Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez or Floyd Mayweather Jr are all possible future opponents, but if Brook overcomes Porter he could become the more favourable candidate in 2015, as battle of Britain fights have been extremely successful in attracting huge audiences over the past year.
However there has been some suggestion that Khan isn’t too keen on fighting Brook because of the talent the 28-year-old possesses, but this was dismissed by the man himself, who stated that he only wants to fight the best in the business.
“I want the biggest fights out there now. We want the best and I won’t be avoiding anyone. If anything, it’s people who have been avoiding me.
“We’ll have to work hard to get them and keep winning but I’m past the stage now where I have to prove anything to anyone.
“I’ve taken fights in the past to excite the fans and now I want the ones that are going to excite me. That’s important.
“I want the ones against the very best in the business, the ones against people where you are going to be so motivated because you’ve dreamed about facing them for years.”
Brook has certainly dreamed of facing Khan for years and a potential bout at one of the big venues in the UK would attract a lot of attention from both the media and the public.
Although the fighter will be solely concentrated on his IBF title fight against Porter in August as it will be the biggest bout of his professional career and one that he dare not lose.
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