Former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan continued his war of words with Kell Brook by stating that the 147lb title challenger is not worthy to share a ring with him at this stage of his career.
The 26 year-old from Bolton, who faces former IBF lightweight belt holder Julio Diaz in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield on April 27, also jabbed the ‘Special One’ over his potential to fill out the Motorpoint Arena, which is set to stage the bout next month.
“We will sell out the Arena. That’s a fact,” Khan told The Sheffield Star.
“To be honest, Brook shouldn’t be focusing on my fight because I am not even thinking about a fight with him because I’ve got another opponent in front of me and he’s got Alexander. He has to be focused on Alexander.
“I think it will just show I probably have more fans than him in his own city. It is a laugh in his face really.
“I’ve got nothing against Kell,” added Khan. “I don’t care about him. I don’t even think about fighting him yet. He has to prove himself if he ever wants to fight me and then we would take the fight.
“But at the moment, he’s not even on my radar.”
Brook, 26, is due to fight on May 18 in Atlantic City after two postponements of his clash with the proven American and could entice Khan in for a mouth-watering battle if he claims the world title in late spring.
‘King’ Khan has a clean-up job on his mind at 140lbs in the immediate future, with rematches against Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson much sought after before a switch up to Brook’s division.
The Olympic silver medallist dips his toes above light-welterweight for the first time against 33 year-old Californian Diaz, who is experienced at world level and is currently unbeaten at 147lbs.
A catchweight of 143lbs has been agreed upon for the contest and Khan will hope to prove that his new mentor Virgil Hunter has begun instilling the right methods to correct past problems in his first UK fight for two years.