‘A fight with Kell Brook will happen - but not this summer’, says Amir Khan

Amir Khan
Amir Khan

Amir Khan has poured cold water on speculation he will fight Kell Brook this summer - because he believes no-one in America knows who the Sheffield world champion is.

Brook successfully defended his IBF world title at the weekend, when he stopped Jo Jo Dan in four rounds at the Motorpoint Arena - and immediately called out British rival Khan.

Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan 28/03/15

Kell Brook v Jo Jo Dan 28/03/15

Promoter Eddie Hearn wants the pair to meet on June 13, possibly at Wembley, and Khan admitted that a domestic tear-up would happen eventually - but not this summer.

Khan told boxing website fighthype: “No one in America knows who Kell Brook is, whereas I can’t walk the street without it getting crazy.

“Everyone knows who Amir Khan is but it’s a nice thing.

“June I can’t do because of Ramadan, maybe that’s why he’s calling me out because he knows that I can’t do June.

Kell Brook with his belt

Kell Brook with his belt

“Maybe the end of the year it could be done, I fight twice a year but that’s because Ramadan falls right in the middle.

“I’ve seen his performance against Jo Jo Dan and he’s going on like beating Jo Jo Dan is like beating a five-time World Champion.

“He was fighting a B or C-class opponent.

“No disrespect to Jo Jo Dan but Kell is now a world champion and he needs to fight world class opponents, the likes of Keith Thurman.

“You have big names in the welterweight decision but he’s picking and choosing who he wants to fight.”

American boxing fans certainly knew who Brook was last year when he outpointed Shawn Porter in California, and his defence against Dan was shown live on US network Showtime.

Bolton-born Khan, meanwhile, has set his sights on a fight with either Floyd Mayweather Jr or Manny Pacquiao and appeared in humble mood after Brook’s hometown defence at the weekend, tweeting: “Well done Kell. Nice to see you back in the ring #EasyWork.”

But he added: “Whoever they put in front of him [Brook], he beats, so you can’t really disrespect that.

“But the fight between me and him won’t happen until the end of the year or maybe next year.

“It’s a fight I know that is going to happen but not just yet because I’m taking a different route.

“My route is to fight the big names like the Manny Pacquiaos and the Mayweathers and be amongst those names and also to fight in America and bring my name up over here.

“I just have to keep on doing what I do and keep putting on great performances for my fans. Whatever fights the fans want to see, I’ll give it to them.

“The Thurmans and the Brook fights will happen so I’ll never say no to any opponent - like the [Marcos] Maidana fight and I was one of the first guys to beat him and the first guy to put him down.”