Amir Khan is sticking to his guns regarding a possible UK super-fight with Kell Brook over the next twelve months.
The former super-lightweight king has been linked to facing Brook for years and even signed with promoter Eddie Hearn in order to push the fight through.
But with Brook’s troubles outside the ring and weight fluctuation from 160 to 147 to 154 over his last few contests, Khan is unsure whether the clash remains viable.
Khan will only face Brook at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds, although ‘The Special One’ has struggled to look good at the limit since moving up to middleweight for Gennady Golovkin in 2016.
“I want to be in the big fights and Brook is definitely someone we’ll also look at,” Khan exclusively told Sky Sports.
“I am sure he had a fight coming up (against Brandon Cook in July) but he pulled out. The rumours were that he pulled out of that because he couldn’t even make 154lbs, so him making 147lbs is just a line he is using to get the fans back again, or win the fans over.
“I do feel sorry for him at times but at the end of the day, I have to look after myself and my own career.
“If the fight happens between us I know it will be big. I just hope he stays strong because the way he seems to me, he couldn’t get a fight out of him,” he added.
Turning his immediate attention to former training partner Manny Pacquiao, any further delay to facing Brook makes the UK Pay-Per-View clash almost impossible to make.
Hearn has told Brook to ‘get in the gym now’ if he wants the fight to happen in 2018, although even then the Sheffield man may not be in the best shape to compete having to boil down.
It must be said the Brook’s natural fight weight is 154 pounds at this moment in time, which Hearn has even reiterated to his fighter on many occasions, and attempting to shed weight for Khan may only serve to bring about another high-profile defeat.
Brook could be best advised to stick to super-welterweight whilst Khan bids to become a champion in two weight divisions and aim for the likes of Jarrett Hurd and Jermell Charlo moving forward.
This would allow the talented Yorkshireman to potentially claim a title of his own and wait for Khan to be ready to at least agree a catchweight and secure a chance to challenge for a three-weight belt.