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Brook: Khan turned down a bagful of money for a nothing fight with Algieri

Phil Jay 03/04/2015

Lawrence Lustig

Kell Brook is flabbergasted at Amir Khan’s latest fight announcement after his domestic rival revealed plans to go up against American Chris Algieri in a video posted on his wife’s YouTube account on Thursday.

The 28 year-old IBF welterweight champion called Khan out publicly to face him in a bout worth millions at the UK’s national stadium, only for the former Olympic silver medallist to shoot him down in favour of fighting Algieri.

Algieri, 31, lost out to Manny Pacquiao is his latest outing without setting the world alight and Brook is at a loss as to why Khan would choose an opponent coming off a loss rather than challenge him for his coveted world title belt.

“If someone said to me you can get five million quid, a world title, fight at Wembley with a fight that every fan wants to see, it’s a no-brainer for me,” 28-year-old Brook told BBC 5 Live.

“He’s fighting Algieri who didn’t win a round against Pacquiao, a feather puncher, not a big puncher. It doesn’t make sense to me. I’m world champion, I’m calling him out, we want the fight, there’s a word title and a bagful of money and it doesn’t make sense that he’s fighting this guy who’s bringing nothing to the table.

“He’s said he’ll fight me before but when it comes to it, I don’t get why he doesn’t want to fight me. Wherever I go it’s always Amir Khan, when are you going to fight him? He’s delicate around the whiskers, he knows I’m a big strong welterweight and he knows I’m coming for that chin of his,” he added.

‘The Special One’ has already begun looking into an alternatives for his next date – with the likes of Brandon Rios and the winner of Chris Van Heerden v Frankie Gavin said to be among those on Brook and promoter Eddie Hearn’s shortlist.

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