The chances of UK fans seeing Amir Khan fight British welterweight rival Kell Brook in the spring have taken a big hit this week.
After talks got back underway following a New Year break, Khan and Brook have seemingly been resigned to going their separate ways as both boxers aim to return to action in the next two or three months.
Despite entering negotiations, Khan, 30, has now stated his desire to fight Brook for the world title, meaning ‘The Special One’ would have to follow through with his stipulated mandatory against Errol Spence Jr.
“The fight between me and him will be worth even more if there is a world title on the line,” Khan told talkSPORT.
“Kell knows the biggest fight and biggest pay day he will ever get is against me. I am on a different level where I can face other fighters and get the same amount of money.
“I have always said to Kell and Eddie Hearn that the fight is going to be worth more money if there is a title on the line. It will be a bigger fight not only in Britain but around the world. I want him to keep hold of that IBF title because I want to take it off him.
“He has that defence to make against Errol Spence, and we are going to let him make that defence, keep hold of the title, and then the fight can happen between me and him.
“I think it is a great fight for me. I respect Kell. I think he is a great fighter and it is about time now we both get it on. I have left it to my team. I have told my team that this is the fight I want and if it makes sense financially, let’s make it happen.”
According to reports, Brook looks set to put his belt on the line against undefeated Spence, potentially on a May date in Sheffield, Manchester or London.