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Amir Khan has revealed that he would be interested in fighting domestic rival Kell Brook, but not until the end of the year due to a number of factors.
The Bolton-born fighter continues to pursue a bout with Floyd Mayweather, while Manny Pacquiao has emerged as a possible alternative if he doesn’t fight the American.
While the frustrating wait for an announcement on that fight continues, it is expected that the two parties will agree on terms eventually and that leaves Khan without an opponent in May.
However, Brook is in action on March 28 in Sheffield as he defends his IBF welterweight world title against mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan, and so a bout in May would come too soon for him.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has already conceded that it is unlikely that the pair will be able to set up a Wembley showdown in the summer, also because Khan observes Ramadan in June and so would be out of action.
As a result, many expect the fight to happen later in the year, if at all, and Khan is open to the idea of having a domestic dust-up.
“I’m fighting in May, so Kell probably wouldn’t be ready in May but I would love to fight him at the end of the year. It’s a big fight even if it isn’t as big as me against Manny or Floyd,” he told the Mirror.
“A fight between me and Kell has been talked about for a long time. It would bring a lot of money for him to fight me. But he’s my third choice. You know who the first two are; Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.”
Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) has desperately tried to secure a bout with Mayweather but it appears as though his impressive performance against Devon Alexander last year will have been in vain as the American looks elsewhere for his next fight.