Kell Brook is certainly in a fighting mood ahead of his crunch showdown with Gennady Golovkin next Saturday at the O2 Arena in London.
Special K is stepping up to middleweight to contend for GGG's WBC, IBF, and IBO titles, but the current IBF welterweight champion is not afraid of the task at hand despite the Kazakh superstar's world renowned knockout power.
A domestic super-fight with Amir Khan had long been on the cards for 30-year-old Brook, but for one reason or another the fight was never agreed.
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In a post on boxingnewsonline.com, Brook took the opportunity to remind the world he hasn't forgotten about Khan and he plans to fare better at middleweight than his fellow Brit.
"Amir Khan said he was '100 per cent' behind me, but in the next breath he said, 'Just don’t pull out', making out I would make up some excuse and pull out closer to the fight. Basically Khan is a joke to me. I’ve heard that as a person he’s not a bad kid, he’s nice guy, but when we’re talking business, we’re talking fighting, I’ve got to wash my hands with him because he drives me crazy.
"I’m fighting the most feared man on the planet, and I don’t know what Khan’s latest excuses are for not fighting me before this, but it’s just pathetic. As fighters we want to be involved in the best fights that we can be while we’re in the sport, and this fight against Golovkin shows exactly what I’m about. I’m giving the fans what they want because they pay our wages, I want to give them the best fights I can."
Brook also took the opportunity to remind Khan of his struggles during his last fight with Saul Alvarez - which he lost via Ko - and insists that he will shock the world in a way that Khan could not.
"Khan struggled at middleweight, the size was too much, but Amir Khan is no Kell Brook. He’s not the “Special One”. I’m looking forward to feeling Golovkin’s power, I’ve heard a lot about it, I want to see what all the fuss is about. You will see at press conferences before, at the weigh-in, and on fight night, that I am a big, big welterweight. People will be in shock when they see what happens."
Whatever happens next Saturday between Brook and Golovkin, a fight with Khan would still draw major interest down the road.