AMIR Khan is filling in his diary for the New Year - and there is no entry marked with the words “Kell Brook.”
Sheffield’s Brook would dearly love to take on the rival he finds the most irritating on the British scene.
First, ofcourse, Brook hopes to dispense with Devon Alexander, to become world champion, on February 23.
But it would be a dream come true for the Ingle welterweight if Khan would agree to become his next opponent.
Khan, this week, said a Brook battle would be one he would consider in the future if and when he moves up a weight division.
But he is more focused on a rematch with Danny Garcia in 2013.
Khan returned to winning ways last weekend with a 10th-round stoppage triumph over Carlos Molina in Los Angeles, five months after losing his WBA light-welterweight title to WBC champion Garcia in Las Vegas.
In that defeat - his second in a row following a controversial points loss to Lamont Peterson in 2011 - the 26-year-old Bolton fighter was knocked to the floor three times en route to a fourth-round stoppage. He subsequently switched trainers from Freddie Roach to Virgil Hunter.
Khan feels he has improved under Hunter and is sure if he does get his wish to enter the ring with Garcia again, he will not be susceptible to the same errors he made last time.
Reflecting on the fight in July, Khan said: “I was beating Garcia convincingly and then got caught with a shot - I think I was beating him more easily for the first two or three rounds than I was Molina. I got caught by a shot I shouldn’t have been caught by. Maybe I was too confident, thinking I was untouchable and that no-one could hurt me. But it is all about regrouping myself and I will be back stronger now.
“My new trainer is going to help me a lot - I already see a change in my style. “We are not going to make these mistakes again and we are not going to be giving opponents a chance now.”