Kell Brook claims he would be willing to step back down to welterweight to face Amir Khan provided his fellow Brit steps up and makes it happen.
The pair have widely been linked with a showdown over the past few years but Khan has always seemed reluctant to step in to the ring with Brook, using various excuses to avoid the bout. However, the former light-welterweight world champion has recently said he would fight Brook, but only in the 147 pound division.
Both fighters last bouts were dangerous escapades into the middleweight division which ended in stoppage losses, albeit in rather contrasting circumstances.
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Khan was brutally laid flat out on the canvas by Canelo Alvarez, whilst Brook was pulled controversially from his fight against Gennady Golovkin by his trainer due to an eye injury but certainly only enhanced his reputation.
Brook is still allowing his broken eye socket to heal and is enjoying time away from training camp but is considering his next move and that largely involves deciding whether to go back down to welterweight and unify the division, or step up to super-welterweight.
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The IBF welterweight champion said, via Sky Sports: "I'm still taking it easier, enjoying time with my family, but I really believe for the right fight I will get back down to welterweight again.
"That is where the big fights are at the moment - and it has to be one that excites me because other than that, it takes too much out of me.
"If Amir Khan finally stepped up and if the fight is nailed and all signed, that's when you'll see me back at 147.
"I've heard all that rubbish before, but at the end of the day, you all know I want that fight with Khan - for everyone and to shut him up more than anything."
The Sheffield fighter has a mandatory challenger for his belt in rising star Errol Spence and could also seek unification fights with the likes of Jessie Vargas, Keith Thurman or Danny Garcia.
WBO champion Vargas faces Manny Pacquiao this weekend and a win for the Filipino could draw Brook back down to his division.
Much of the narrative in the past from the Khan camp had been that their fighter was above Brook and that he didn't need him but Brook now believes the tables have turned and few could argue against that considering their career paths thus far.
"It's come 'round full circle now," the 30-year-old added. "My status is higher than his when it comes to boxing so, if he wants it, he's going to have to step up to the plate."
Even if this all-English bout fails to materialise, there are huge fights out there for Brook at both welterweight and super-welterweight where he could even meet Khan's conqueror, Alvarez.
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