Kell Brook has criticised Amir Khan for his decision to fight Chris Algieri, with the pair scheduled to meet in the ring in New York on May 30.
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Brook had hoped to secure a domestic showdown with Khan this summer, with promoter Eddie Hearn revealing after his fighter’s win over Jo Jo Dan last Saturday that Wembley stadium was available on June 13.
The two camps have since exchanged words on a daily basis with the media coverage building, but Khan has opted against a huge fight night in the UK to face Algieri who will be looking to bounce back from his loss against Manny Pacquiao last time out.
“If someone said to me you can get five million quid, a world title, fight at Wembley with a fight that every fan wants to see, it’s a no-brainer for me,” told the BBC.
“He’s fighting Algieri who didn’t win a round against Manny Pacquiao, a feather puncher, not a big puncher. It doesn’t make sense to me. I’m world champion, I’m calling him out, we want the fight, there’s a word title and a bagful of money and it doesn’t make sense that he’s fighting this guy who’s bringing nothing to the table.”
The 28-year-old added in his BBC radio interview that he was “coming for Khan’s chin” but he isn’t sure when he will be given the opportunity to settle their rivalry.
Brook is now free to set up significant voluntary defences of his IBF welterweight title in the coming months after defeating his mandatory challenger, and the likes of Brandon Rios and Juan Manuel Marquez will likely be on the agenda.
In addition, the Sheffield-born fighter will be ringside for Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao on May 2, and as with every individual in the welterweight division, he will be making his case to fight the winner but with the added bonus of offering a unification fight.
Brook is undefeated in 34 professional fights, and as he continues to build his profile in the USA with Showtime showing his last two fights, he will be hopeful of landing a shot at Mayweather if he continues to box after May 2.
Meanwhile, Khan hit back at his rival on Twitter by defending his decision to face Algieri, but the general reaction to the announcement has been poor with many criticising him for taking a fight that doesn’t excite the fans.
“Can everyone please wake up. I said the fight between me and kel brook will happen. When I think it’s right. Look at who kel fought last”