Amir Khan is convinced that he will be the next to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr in September as the former super lightweight champion once again dismisses a lucrative British bout with IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook.
Khan, 28, believes a clash with pound for pound king Mayweather is close and could be confirmed within the next fortnight, although Brook is fluctuating between calling out the Bolton man and potentially overtaking him in the ‘Money’ man sweepstakes.
At a media day in his hometown this week, Khan was asked if a fight with Brook was in his thinking, but came back with the bluntest of responses that won’t have gone down well with ‘The Special One’ and his promoter Eddie Hearn.
“I have no interest in fighting Kell Brook at the moment because there are so many other, bigger fights out there for me,” said Khan.
“Brook has done nothing to justify a fight with me and he is just in it for the payday. He brings absolutely nothing to the table and it is not a fight I am looking at.”
Brook then fired back just hours later by telling Sky Sports News: “He’s got no right to fight Mayweather – if anyone is going to get the Mayweather fight it should be me. I’m world champion and unbeaten.
“He should fight me because every single fight fan in Britain wants to see the fight. I’m giving him the opportunity to challenge for my world title,” he added.
At the moment, Khan is in a no lose situation as he could either land a massive clash with Mayweather or fall back on fighting Brook should the world number one go in a different direction for his final fight on Showtime.
The Muslim religious month of Ramadan will already slightly hamper Khan’s training camp for September 12 should Mayweather confirm the Brit for the date, so being overlooked may not be the worst thing in the world for the Olympic silver medallist.
That would then leave Khan free to sit out the rest of the autumn until Brook defends his belt at home in late August or early September, possibly against Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios, and then launch his bid to face the winner in December.