Brook and Khan continue to clash over elusive British battle
British boxing pair Amir Khan and Kell Brook have been involved in a ongoing heated exchange regarding an elusive domestic showdown, with the latter having claimed his welterweight counterpart is running scared, with time running out to finally agree a bumper encounter.
Sheffield-born Brook continued an impressive comeback from a previous potentially fatal injury when he successfully retained his IBF welterweight title with a superb six round stoppage victory over Frankie Gavin. This was the second defence of his crown, after becoming the first British fighter for 28 years to win a world title on American soil in 2014, when the Yorkshireman outgunned Shawn Porter in California.
As Brook was busy taking Gavin apart inside six rounds during another exciting weekend of fighting action, Bolton’s Khan was embroiled in a fierce encounter with New Yorker Chris Algieri at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with the 28-year-old rallying to a points decision to retain his WBC Silver Welterweight title.
With both highly-regarded Britons earning victories over tough opposition, with a contrast in winning styles, the two world champions have become involved in a heated war of words, with Brook puzzled as to why his fellow countryman is seemingly reluctant to meet in the ring.
“I think he’s full of rubbish. If there is a world title on the line, any fighter that lives with a pair of gloves wants to fight for a world title,” declared Brook.
“There is no bigger fight in Britain than me and Khan, it sells any arena out. It doesn’t make any sense to me at all, so he’s got to be running scared.
— Amir Khan (@AmirKingKhan) May 30, 2015
“There is no chance of him getting the Floyd Mayweather fight. He’s done nothing to merit that fight. Every time he’s stepped up, he’s got knocked out. I don’t know why he’s playing these games.”
Khan has since laughed off Brook’s claims that he is running scared, and the former light-welterweight world champion and has again distanced himself from a bout with his bitter foe in the coming months.
“I think everyone realises that Amir Khan is never scared about fighting anyone,” stated Khan.
“I’ve fought everyone that’s been put in front of me – and I will fight anyone who is put in front of me. At the moment I have a different route. I’m going to America and selling out arenas, beating their big names, so I’m not scared.
“If the fight between Kell and I happens, then my team will put it together, but at the moment I have no interest in it.”
Floyd Mayweather put on a defensive masterclass earlier in the year when he dispatched Manny Pacquiao over 12 rounds in one of the most eagerly-awaited meetings in boxing history, and a clash with the undefeated pound-for-pound king is what Khan has been vying for.
The youngest ever British boxing Olympic medallist has been in a furious pursuit of a welterweight showdown with ‘Money’ Mayweather for some time now, leading to the Manchester-born bruiser to frustratingly endure long periods of inactivity in his career to date; but he has recently claimed his wait could soon be over.
“I don’t think I have ever been closer to getting the fight with Floyd Mayweather than I am at this moment,” stated Khan.
“The indications are that I have strengthened my case with my win over Algieri and I believe there is every chance the fight could be confirmed within the next two weeks.”
Although, in typically confident fashion, Brook dismissed Khan’s merit of a shot at the division’s main man.
“He’s got no right to fight Mayweather – if anyone is going to get the Mayweather fight it should be me. I’m world champion and unbeaten,” argued Brook.
Khan was only able to overcome Algieri on points, while ‘Pacman’ dismantled him and sent the American crashing to the canvas six times in their previous clash, meaning questions will surely be raised if the Briton manages to secure a lucrative bout against Mayweather; whom Pacquiao could barely land a shot on in Las Vegas.
British boxing has seen a genuine uprising in stature in recent months, with James DeGale making sporting history by becoming the first Briton to hold both an Olympic gold medal and a world crown, while heavyweight talent Anthony Joshua is bulldozing his way towards a probably world title shot of his own (6/1 with Coral to be world champion this year).
However, both Brook and Khan will undoubtedly continue to exchange verbal blows if a fight cannot be arranged soon, but will we ever see this war of words transferred into the ring in the near future?