Amir Khan.

Amir Khan has message for boxing fans hoping for Kell Brook fight

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It didn't take long following his KO defeat to Saul Alvarez on Saturday night for talk to turn to just who Amir Khan would seek out as his next opponent.

Despite putting up a good fight in the middleweight division, the expectation is that Khan will return to welterweight for his next bout after ultimately failing to dethrone Alvarez.

As a result, fellow British boxer Kell Brook - the IBF welterweight champion - has been loudly touted as the natural choice. According to Khan himself, however, it doesn't even look like his fellow countryman is an option right now:


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"Eddie Hearn [Brook's promoter] keeps saying Brook is a big day, but he's not," Khan said, via BBC Sport.

"I respect him, he's got a world title, but he's not a big name. He's gone down his route, I've gone down my route and I don't like him."

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Unlike Khan, Brook actually has a world title to his name, and has done since 2014. Nevertheless, Khan has consistently belittled his rival in recent times, seeking out high-profile foreign fighters rather than answering the challenge laid down by Brook.

That challenge was renewed on Saturday night when Brook tweeted out a message to Khan:

In Khan's eyes, though, Brook still doesn't fit the bill as a "big name" and, as a result, he isn't even entertaining the idea of an all-British bout:

"I want to fight the biggest names, leave a great legacy and I've only got a few fights left," continued the 29-year-old.

"I was out-boxing Canelo for six rounds, so I can go straight into another big fight. So I don't think the Kell Brook fight will happen."

Although the majority of boxing fans, particularly those in the UK, are keen to see Khan vs Brook in the near future, it looks like they will be left disappointed unless the Bolton-born fighter has a change of heart.

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As this point, it looks more likely that Khan will seek out a rematch against Danny Garcia. Before last weekend's KO defeat to Alvarez, the WBC welterweight champion was the last man to hand Khan a loss in the ring.

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Seeking revenge against the American would, then, still be a compelling story for Khan to sell in his next fight. 

With Khan rumoured to only have three or four fights before retirement, it looks like time is running out on Brook's chances of facing his rival in the ring.

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