Amir Khan believes his upcoming fight with Kell Brook is just what the British public needs.
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury were supposed to be the massive domestic showdown, but it hasn’t materialized and Khan thinks February’s catchweight bout in Manchester is the second best.
The former unified light-welterweight world champion appeared on White and Jordan on Thursday, opening up about the long-running rivalry with Brook.
“We haven’t had a British rivalry in a long time,” Khan enthused. “We are waiting for” [Anthony] Joshua and [Tyson] There was supposed to be a furious fight, it didn’t, but the second best has to be Khan/Brook, so we’re going to give them that big fight.”
Whether you believe the fights will be in the same league or not, Khan, who confirmed there is a rematch clause in the contract, certainly thinks there is an appetite for his confrontation with a man whose career parallels his own.
“It’s a huge fight,” he added. “At the end of the day, it’s definitely more than just a fight. His boast. Making sure whoever wins this fight, we’ll always be talking about this fight.
“Look, we’ve both won world titles in our careers, but I think this fight is more than a world title fight for me and probably for him. We’re both British and we’ve had that rivalry for a long time. The fight hasn’t happened for several reasons. occurred.
“I was with Goldenboy at one point, then I went to Al Haymon, I campaigned in America for a long time.
“And when I returned to the UK with Eddie Hearn in 2017 I thought the fight with Kell Brook was then the fight, but of course I went ahead and fought [Terence] Crawford instead, which was a huge opportunity for me at the time because he was number one pound-for-pound and I thought, ‘I want to fight the best here.’
“I always had in my mind that the Kell Brook fight would be there and now it’s here and it’s bigger than ever.”
Khan, 35, takes on a 35-year-old Brook in a fight many fans have been asking for for years.
When Khan was asked what he would say to those fans who say this fight has come too late, he had an emphatic answer.
“I think they’re wrong. The build took so long. It reminds me a bit of when [Floyd] Mayweather and [Manny] Pacquiao should have fought long ago before that fight happened, but how big was that fight when it happened?
“With me and Kell we are at similar stages in our career, similar ages, we have won world titles; this is more about bragging rights and who is the better fighter.
“If it happened now and it happened 10 years ago, the same thing would have happened. I would destroy him. But this is where time will tell,” Khan concluded.
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