Amir Khan is determined to finally “put Kell Brook in his place” as he looks to continue his pursuit of a big-name bout with victory in September.
Khan, a former unified world champion, will return to action against Samuel Vargas in Birmingham on September 8, live on Sky Sports, as he continues his comeback following two years away from the ring.
It is a clash, though, with stablemate Brook – who himself fights at The O2, on July 28, as part of the Whyte-Parker Sky Sports Box Office bill – that Khan hopes can be made, but the Bolton star is adamant that it is only possible at the welterweight limit.
“You know the name I want is Brook, he’s a guy who’s supposedly been calling me out and I’m ready for him,” Khan said, speaking on Sky Sports’ Toe 2 Toe podcast.
“He’s always said he wants to fight me at welterweight. He’s only just moved up so come back down, I want it at 147lbs.
“There’s no point mentioning my name and running around saying ‘I’m scared’. I’m not scared of anyone, I’ve always fought who they put in front of me and never ducked a fight.
0:39 'The Special One' has given his verdict on the British battle
“I’m the one who made this fight closer, I made a deal with Eddie [Hearn] and Matchroom, hopefully, to get this one done.
“When he first started calling me out, no one really paid attention, I let him bark and talk, now he’s getting out of his boots and needs to be put in his place.
“But it has to be at 147lbs, if that fight is going to happen then it happens at 147lbs.”
Khan says any potential clash “definitely” belongs in a stadium and he is confident of proving once and for all that he is a better fighter than his Sheffield nemesis.
3:46 Khan went head-to-head with Brook after his win over Phil Lo Greco
“It’s a summer stadium fight, definitely, a lot of people want to see it. In the UK, during the summer, would be perfect,” Khan continued.
“I’m a better fighter than him, I’m slicker and have more experience. Also, I’ve fought at a higher level against better opposition, there’s levels in this sport.
“I’m at 147lb fighter and want to stay very close to that weight and keep busy. My last fight against Phil Lo Greco was short because I caught him early, so next time out I want to get more rounds in.”
You can hear more from Amir Khan on this week’s Ringside Toe 2 Toe podcast.
1:20 Khan marked his comeback to the ring with a devastating KO of Lo Greco