Welterweight world title contender Amir Khan says there’s a possibility a fight with UK rival Kell Brook may never happen.
Khan is currently finalizing camp for his WBO championship chance against Terence Crawford on US Pay-Per-View next month. The Bolton man had a choice of whether to face Crawford or Brook.
Choosing to face a current pound for pound star instead of Brook, Khan believes the snub could see his British nemesis move on for good.
“I had another fight in the UK against Kell Brook, but (I believe) this fight (with Crawford) is stylistically better for me,” said Khan.
“Obviously, this is with ESPN, who I want to thank as well. I think that being on ESPN, the fight will be even bigger. It will be good for my recognition for me as well in the future.
“I don’t know if that fight (Brook) is still going to be there. I have seen numerous times in the media that (Brook promoter) Eddie (Hearn) is saying that the Brook fight is dead. He’s saying it’s not going to happen.
“Hey, look, who knows, time will tell. I take it fight by fight. Let’s get this fight out of the way first and then we take it from there. That fight may never happen, but it may happen, so I just take it one fight at a time, as it comes really.”
Competing on American soil again also had a big bearing on Khan.
“I love fighting in the States. I have had some big performances here, and I wanted to come back here and put on a big show.
“New York is one of my favorite locations in America, so when this fight was put to me, I knew it was going to be a big fight, so I decided to take this fight with both hands. I need to make sure that if I take this fight I am going to win this fight,” he concluded.
Crawford v Khan is live on ESPN PPV on Saturday 20th April from the world famous Madison Square Garden.
The stacked undercard features lightweight sensation Teofimo Lopez in a 12-round test against Edis Tatli, 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson versus former world title challenger Christopher Diaz in a 10-round featherweight tilt, and a crossroads 10-round lightweight battle between Felix Verdejo and Bryan Vasquez.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing and Khan Promotions, tickets priced at $606, $406, $306, $206, $106, $81, and $56 (including facility fees) are on sale now and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online atwww.ticketmaster.com or www.MSG.com.