Brook slams Khan as he reveals new future plans
Kell Brook is set to end his pursuit of a bout with "con man" Amir Khan and look towards a fresh welterweight title bid in the future.
The 32-year-old Sheffield boxer is currently preparing for Saturday's head-to-head with Australia's former commonwealth champion Michael Zerafa in what is a final eliminator for the WBA super-welterweight world title.
Brook has made no secret of his desire to go up against his long-term British rival Khan at some point, but with the Bolton man seemingly looking at Terence Crawford for his next opponent, 'Special K' is losing patience.
Indeed, after describing Khan as a "con man" Brook then revealed that he could drop back to welterweight in search of a world title having held the IBF strap at the 147lbs weight limit between August 2014 and May 2017.
"Amir Khan is a con man, they should call him Amir 'con'," Brook said at Thursday's press conference.
"This is his last big fight under Matchroom and I thought it was nailed on. He shook my hand and looked me dead in the eye and said we would fight next. What can I do, I've bent over backwards and said I'd come down to 147.
"I'm doing everything I can for the fans, he's turned his back on them. Everyone knows it's him that's running off.
"I want any elite fighter and could weigh in at 147 tomorrow if I wanted, I've got that buzz again. I want the top guys, Shawn Porter with the WBC title if he wants a rematch or I'd love to bring Errol Spence Jr back in the summer and get the win."
Looking ahead to the Sheffield Arena showdown against Zerafa, who has only two defeats in his career, Brook added: "I feel very fresh, 12 months ago I gave myself a year before I would hang them up. Now I feel reborn, a happy fighter is a dangerous fighter and I'm so happy.
"I'm not interested in what Zerafa's going to do, I'm going to be 100 per cent, no man can deal with me on Saturday night. I'm very explosive and looking to put on a serious performance."
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