Brook: Khan Fight Is Dead
The odds of a long-awaited fight between Kell Brook and Amir Khan fell away on Sunday morning, as a low blow to Khan would lead to Terence Crawford retaining his WBO welterweight title at Madison Square Garden.
Brook was ringside for Khan’s TKO loss to Crawford on ESPN Pay-Per-View, where Khan and trainer Virgil Hunter decided to end the fight, sending the crowd to rain down a chorus of boos.
Now with Khan losing in a fashion that could hurt his credibility, Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn will scuttle plans of a Khan-Brook fight and aim to make a deal to have Brook face Crawford.
“At this minute [the Khan fight is] dead,” Brook exclusively told Starsport. “He’s dissed me, he’s rubbed me up the wrong way. If anything, he deserves a slap. He shook my hand and looked at me dead in the eye and he said that I’d be fighting him next, and a week or so later he’s decided to fight Crawford.
“All the fans, Matchroom, we had everything there for it to happen and it didn’t come off. I’ve got no time for him. I want to fight the guys that want to fight the best fighters, Crawford wants to fight the best fighters, all the other champions want to fight – so they’re the fighters that I want to fight.
“At this minute in time, I’m hunting for a top champion. I’ve got no scheduled fight, so I’m gonna be back in training and looking for a top contender.”
Report: The Daily Star