Amir Khan has hit back at both Kell Brook and Eddie Hearn for trying to convince the public that he doesn’t want the domestic showdown with his rival.
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Both Brook and Hearn called Khan out after the former’s win over Jo Jo Dan in Sheffield last Saturday night in the first defence of his IBF welterweight title.
Further, Brook made it clear that he wanted to fight his fellow Brit this summer at Wembley and while Khan responded by suggesting that he would be keen on the fight within the next 12 months, it was too early to do in May or early June but wanted to raise the stakes and make it ‘winner takes all’.
“My team spoke to Eddie two weeks ago and he knew June 13 is a no. And they still called me out. (it’s) Pathetic,” said Khan, according to World Boxing News.
“This can be the biggest fight the UK has ever seen and you want to do it all in two months?”
The 28-year-old added that if Brook went out and beat a fighter of the ilk of Juan Manuel Marquez or Marcos Maidana then it would make the fight between them even bigger further down the line.
However, it is clear that Hearn wants to make the fight as soon as possible as he believes that the fight is big enough now to sell out Wembley and do extremely well on pay-per-view on Sky Sports.
While he is likely to be left disappointed, he may well choose to get Brook out again twice this summer with some high-profile names linked.
According to World Boxing News, Khan insisted that he wants the fight to happen eventually, but another reason for why it can’t happen this June is because he has already given his word to his next opponent who is expected to be revealed in the coming days.
The news will disappoint British boxing fans in particular, although it is understandable why Khan wants to take a different route as he still holds hope of facing Floyd Mayweather at some point in the future and a loss to Brook would certainly derail that plan.