Khan: Brook has to step it up, Rios is a lightweight really

Amir Khan continues to distance himself from a potential blockbuster clash with UK rival Kell Brook and says the IBF welterweight champion needs to pick better opponents.

Brook defeated Shawn Porter on US soil, before defending his belt successfully against mandatory Jo Jo Dan and compatriot Frankie Gavin. ‘The Special One’ is now set to draft in ex-135lb title holder Brandon Rios as his next challenger, although Khan believes the American is not even a full welterweight.

“Let him build his name, let him prove himself and let people say he’s untouchable and then I’ll come beat him,” predicted Khan in an interview with

“We’re both the same age, young and hungry and I’ve done a lot more in my career. I believe he has to step it up a little bit.

“It’d be a big fight in the UK and I know the fans want it but this is all about timing. He needs to prove himself at world level. Even Brandon Rios is a lightweight really.”

Despite Brook v Khan being a nailed on Wembley Stadium sell-out even now, the fight still seems to be at least twelve months from happening, if ever, as the Bolton fighter goes an alternative route and disappoints the masses of British fans who crave the contest.