Amir Khan reveals attempts to make Kell Brook fight happen in 2021 and predicts, ‘I KO Brook in under six rounds’
Amir Khan has told talkSPORT that he wants to finally make a fight with Kell Brook happen this year.
The long-time British rivals have been linked with one another for almost a decade now, but never met in the ring.
At first, Brook was a rising welterweight contender around the time Khan was champion in weight class below.
Khan was dethroned and moved up to join his fellow Brit at 147lbs.
Brook then won his world title in late 2014 and demand for the pair to meet was at an all-time high.
However, despite several attempts over the years that followed, the contest never came to fruition.
Now, both men have been stopped multiple times by other opponents and appear to be nearing the ends of their careers.
And Khan said to talkSPORT Fight Night this past weekend: “What’s the fight that everyone wants to see?
“Everyone wants to see the Kell Brook fight. We’ve been talking about it for years and years.
“Look, me and Kell are probably past our best, I’ll be honest. But at the same time, we’re both around the same age.
“I think it’d be a good fight between us to see still who the number one is in Britain.
“So I called Eddie Hearn and I said, ‘Let’s make it happen.’
“Eddie said, ‘No worries,’ spoke to Kell’s family and Kell’s father wasn’t interested in it, he said, ‘No, we’re gonna look at other options.’
“What other option is there for Kell Brook to make a good payday and fight someone with a big name like myself? Unless he fights someone with a world title or in America.
“So I’m scratching my head man, I’m thinking like, ‘What’s he going through?’
“What’s going on with Kell Brook? How come he doesn’t want the fight? Let’s make it happen.”
Regarding where the bout would take place, Khan added: “Let’s be realistic here – a fight in the Middle East obviously that could happen over there.
“We have a big fan base in the Middle East and my last fight against Billy Dib was there.
“But really, why should we go there when we could do it here in the UK? We’re both British fighters, let’s make it in the UK.
“Doing that in a football stadium here, that could be massive. So let’s hope things open up.
“Once things open up properly and we sort out the third or fourth wave, let me put a beating on Kell Brook.”
He concluded: “The only two fights out there for me in my opinion is Kell Brook or Manny Pacquiao.
“Otherwise – I’ve been in the game a long time and when you’ve been in training camp after training camp and having almost 40 fights now.
“Your body is breaking and you need to call it a day one day.
“So I am giving it the last, last chapter of my boxing career. I get either fight and I call it a day…
“The prediction for me and Kell Brook? I knock out Kell Brook in under six rounds.”