By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
KELL BROOK would throw away his world title shot for a megabucks crack at fellow Brit and rival Amir Khan.
But Brook may have to first secure a world title before Bolton boy Khan will even consider stepping up from light-welterweight.
The Sheffield star smashed Argentine Hector Saldivia in just three rounds on Saturday night to set himself up for a long-awaited shot at the IBF welterweight crown held by Devon Alexander.
After flooring Saldivia in the first round with a big uppercut, Brook finished the job in the third, with a stiff jab finally ending the contest. Alexander won the title with a win over Randall Bailey in New York just hours after Brook won.
Brook, 26, has been waiting years for his chance at world glory, but would give it all up for a chance to face Khan, 25 in his next outing.
The pair have held a long-term feud which goes back to their days in the amateur ranks when they were part of the GB squad.
Brook said: “I would be very hungry for Khan, before the world title challenge. It is personal.
“The things that he said about me in the past have made it personal and I want to take him out. We want a big blockbuster fight. We want to get that world fight, but I want to get Amir Khan.
“He is going to get schooled if we meet. I am going to be on him, relentless, and I will take him out.”
Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn is very keen for a fight with Khan or even Ricky Hatton, with massive money to be made for both sides.
He said: “The only possible fights that could stop us going for the world title is Khan or Hatton. They would be too big to ignore.
“I don’t know what Amir Khan is going to do. You’re talking about a fight that could make both fighters in excess of £2m – where else will he get that sort of money?
“We know what Khan’s people are like – they love a pound note.”
Khan faces Carlos Molina in December as he looks to get his career back on track after two defeats on the trot.
However, a source from Khan’s camp revealed they are not keen on the fight with Brook unless the Sheffield man brings a world title to the table.
A more likely route for Brook is to tie down a shot at Alexander in February or March – if the American accepts.
Alexander could vacate the belt to take on a more lucrative fight, but Brook will still get a shot against another opponent.