By Edward Chaykovsky
Amir Khan (31-4, 19KOs) is hoping that his domestic rival, IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25KOs), steps up his level of competition.
Khan was in the ring last month when he got knocked out in six round by then WBC middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. The Bolton fighter had moved up to a catch-weight of 155-pounds to take that contest.
He plans to move back to the welterweight division, where he still holds the mandatory position to World Boxing Council champion Danny Garcia, who knocked out Khan out in four rounds in 2012.
Brook has been chasing a fight with Khan for the last few years. Khan has no desire to face him - until Brook fights a better level of opponent. Brook's competition has been lackluster since capturing the title from Shawn Porter in 2014, but he's in play to step things up in September with a deal nearly complete for a unification showdown with WBO champion Jessie Vargas.
“I’ve fought the best fighters in the world and still am fighting the best fighters in the world, I’m still the number one position for the best world titles in the world as well. But the thing with Kell Brook, I just think there’s no point because he’s not fighting the A-list fighters. I’m taking tough punishment fighting the best fighters in the world and Kell Brook’s fighting the easy guys," Khan told the Saima Ajram show on BBC.
"He wants to fight me, he wants to make big money, he wants to make easy money fighting me. So I’m not going to give him the opportunity. I just want him to prove himself and if he proves himself and fights even half of the fighters I’ve fought then I’ll take the fight. Why should I give him that opportunity when he doesn’t deserve it?”