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Amir Khan thinks Kell Brook fight will take place in 2017

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Bolton boxer Amir Khan has told reporters of his plans for retirement in two years time, but not before the 2004 Olympic silver medalist has had the chance to settle his long-standing feud with current IBF welterweight world champion Kell Brook.

The two British stars are both coming off high-profile world title fight losses in the middleweight division, so the prospect of the two fighters stepping into the ring to settle the scores once and for all is a hot one.

Khan succumbed to a brutal sixth round knockout punch from Mexican champ Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, while Brook suffered his defeat at the hands of Gennady Golovkin when his trainer Domonic Ingle threw in the towel during the fifth round.

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The decision to throw the towel in was initially met with hostility from many of those in attendance, but following an X-ray the move proved to be the correct decision.

The X-ray showed that Brook had suffered a broken eye socket in the fight and the injury was causing him to see double.

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Despite a reported pre-fight purse of £10.3 million, Khan admits that stepping up two weight divisions to face Canelo was a mistake and believes that when he does face Brook, the fight should be at welterweight where the two fighters are most comfortable.

In an interview reported via The Sun, Khan said: “I think that fight could happen next year. I want it to happen and I want it to happen at 147lbs.

“We both went up two weight divisions this year and we both didn’t win." He continued.

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“We should box at welterweight to finally see who the man is. My body frame is not built for light-middle or middleweight. It wasn’t healthy for me."

Khan concluded by saying: “Welterweight suits me and it’s where Brook won his world title, so that’s where we should do it.”

Also on the bucket list for Khan is a fight with current WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia.

The British boxer was the number one contender until a misunderstanding with the banned substance authorities put him out of the running.

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However, after Khan spoke to WBC chief Mauricio Sulaiman on the phone to discuss the situation the former light-welterweight king was reinstated.

On his communications with Sulaiman over the doping fiasco Khan added: “I was away when they sent the forms.

“So I phoned up Mauricio. He said, ‘look Amir, I know it was a mistake’ and assured me I’m still mandatory for Garcia.”

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Saul Alvarez
Manny Pacquiao
Kell Brook
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