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Khan: Who is Robles and does he even box? – Brook needs to step up!

Phil Jay 06/03/2014

Ex-light-welterweight king Amir Khan has had a chuckle at the recent announcement by Matchroom Boxing that British rival Kell Brook will face Mexican Alvaro Robles on March 15 in Liverpool.

As the two are continually linked to a future domestic battle, Khan, 27, couldn’t resist a dig at Brook just over a week since the Sheffield fighter’s promoter Eddie Hearn offered him $5m for the contest to take place this summer.

“On a serious note, Kell (Brook) you need to step up your opponents instead of facing Alvaro Robles who no-one has heard of. Does he even box?” Khan joked.

IBF mandatory challenger Brook, 27, is on the cusp of a world title fight with Shawn Porter, possibly in the USA in the fall, with the general consensus being that a victory over the American would be the only way to entice Khan to fight.

A former Olympic silver medallist, Khan has so far put any domestic super-fight on hold until ‘The Special One’ overcomes a fighter he deems world-class worthy, although in Brook’s defence, he did sweep aside ex-WBA champion Vyacheslav Senchenko with ease last October.

With the two fighter’s continually having digs at each other in public, the potential contest will stay relevant with fans and build-up nicely to what could be a massive pay-per-view stadium fight in the United Kingdom in 2015.

The rivalry between the two has been brewing for years, but with Brook yet to win a world title and Khan considered to fight bigger names in Floyd Mayweather and Adrien Broner, the bout looks set to stay on the backburner for the immediate future.

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