I'll give Kell Brook a swerve says bruised Amir Khan

Amir Khan has dismissed the possibility of fighting Sheffield rival Kell Brook, despite his plans to return to the welterweight division.

Tuesday, 10th May 2016, 11:16 am
Updated Tuesday, 10th May 2016, 11:26 am
Khan in trouble against Alvarez

The 29-year-old impressed against WBC middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in Las Vegas on Saturday night until the heavy sixth-round knockout that ended his challenge ultimately exposed him as too small to compete at 155lbs, where that fight was made.

He has already spoken of his desire to pursue his status as mandatory challenger to WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia, who he lost to in 2012, but there remains a strong chance Garcia will be Floyd Mayweather's next opponent if the undefeated American makes his expected return from retirement.

IBF champion Brook has long sought a fight with the Olympic silver medallist, though even if Garcia remains out of Khan's reach he is adamant he will not consider Brook an option because of the extent to which he dislikes him.

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"I don't think that fight will happen, I'll give that a miss," said Khan, speaking before Brook's claim it would no longer be safe for them to fight because of the nature of the defeat by Alvarez.

"He's on his route, I'm on my route, and we just don't agree with each other. Basically, I don't like him and I'm not going to give him the fight.

"(Brook's promoter) Eddie Hearn can keep saying that he's massive, he's this, he's that, he's a big name: he's not.

"I respect him, he's got a world title, but I want to fight the biggest names. These are the last few years of my career, I want to maximise it and leave a great legacy behind.

"I'd like to fight in England, but I'm thinking of bringing big names (like Miguel Cotto) here. That'd be amazing, wouldn't it?

"Garcia definitely is top of the list, it's the easiest one to make, and it'd be a great fight for me, someone my own weight.

"(Timothy Bradley) would be an amazing fight, (Manny) Pacquiao would be an amazing fight. For sure, (Pacquiao will fight again)."

For all of his ambition, Khan also revealed his next three-to-four fights could be his last.

His mother, Falak, has been asking him to consider retirement for some time, and that will likely have contributed to his desire to secure another big fight in December - when he plans to return - instead of selecting an easier opponent to rebuild against.

"My mum wanted me to retire like a year ago," said Khan, who remains undefeated as a welterweight.

"These are probably the last few good years in me now, because otherwise they'll kick me out of the house or disown me or something... it's hard for my family to see me get hurt.

"I keep saying 'A couple more fights, a couple more fights'; I'll end up giving them a heart attack.

"I don't want to end my career on a loss, I've still got some big fights left in me yet. Probably three or four. Financially, I've secured myself, I've done really well, but I don't want to leave the sport thinking 'I had more left in me', I want to enjoy the sport as much as I can.

"I want to leave boxing, not for boxing to retire me.

"I'll come back from this stronger, I know I've got it in me to come back from being knocked out like that. My boxing skills are still there.

"I can go straight back into another big fight; I just got caught with a big shot."