Amir Khan wants to end his career in the country where it all began for him more than 15 years ago, and one of his final bouts could still – knock on wood – involve longtime compatriot Kell Brook.
“I want to fight by the end of the year,” Khan, 34, told FightHype. “I’m looking at a couple of appointments right now. I would love to fight back in the UK, it’s been a long time since I last fought. I want to finish my last fights as a professional in the UK. It would be nice to fight for my fans there. “
Khan (34-5, 21 KOs) hasn’t fought in his own backyard since deciding Samuel Vargas in Birmingham in 2018, and has only fought four times in the UK since 2010. Of course, Khan had a legitimate reason for not being so present in the UK boxing scene in his prime: he wanted to make a name for himself in the American market. On US soil, he competed against some of the top junior welterweight names including Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi, Lamont Peterson, Marcos Maidana and Danny Garcia.
Of course, you can’t mention Khan without mentioning his domestic rival Brook (39-3, 27 KOs). The two have a long history of hostility but have never been able to channel their bitterness into a boxing ring, even though a potential fight made perfect financial sense for both sides. The matchup no longer has the same glitz as it used to with both fighters firmly in the background of their respective careers, but it still has some intrigue and respectable cash value.
Khan insists he is still on board to make the fight possible.
“I watch the Brook fight all day,” replied Khan when asked about the fight.
However, Khan made it clear that the ball is in Brooks’ field, despite suggesting that Brook, 35, overrated himself.
“Ultimately, Brook has to step it up and implement it,” said Khan. “Look, I’m done now. I don’t know why he’s very still. Let’s hope he doesn’t outdo himself. He says he wants more money.
“I’ve never been one to turn down a fight. I’ve fought guys like Canelo [Alvarez], [Terence] Crawford, I’ve fought the biggest names in boxing. Do you think I’m scared of Kell Brook? I mean, listen, let’s make this fight a reality. ”
Khan last fought in 2019, defeating Billy Dib in four rounds in Jeddah.
Brook last fought in 2020 and lost to Crawford at Madison Square Garden in New York by an interruption in the fourth round.