Amir Khan has reacted to Kell Brook calling him out live on Sky Sports and Showtime over the weekend by turning down a UK super-fight at Wembley Stadium in favour of weighing up clashes with some of the more influential names in the division.
The former 140lb king has admitted that he watched on as Brook destroyed mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan on Saturday night, but is adamant that the IBF welterweight champion is still not a big enough name Stateside for him to consider.
“No one in America knows who Kell Brook is, whereas I can’t walk the street without it getting crazy, everyone knows who Amir Khan is but it’s a nice thing,” Khan told Fighthype in Las Vegas over the weekend.
“June I can’t do because of Ramadan, maybe that’s why he’s calling me out because he knows that I can’t do June. Maybe the end of the year it could be done, I fight twice a year but that’s because Ramadan falls right in the middle.
“Whoever they put in front of him, he beats, so you can’t really disrespect that but the fight between me and him won’t happen until the end of the year or maybe next year. It’s a fight I know that is going to happen but not just yet because I’m taking a different route.
“My route is to fight the big names like the Manny Pacquiao’s and the Mayweather’s and be amongst those names and also to fight in America and bring my name up over here.
“I just have to keep on doing what I do and keep putting on great performances for my fans. Whatever fights the fans want to see, I’ll give it to them.
“The Thurmans and the Brook fights will happen so I’ll never say no to any opponent – like the Maidana fight and I was one of the first guys to beat him and the first guy to put him down,” he added.
The 28 year-old from Bolton is currently being linked to a fight in May against ex-Pacquiao foe Chris Algieri, a fight that some would argue is not the stellar name Khan is suggesting, whilst a rematch with Marcos Maidana is also said to be a possibility.