Amir Khan has confirmed he is on the verge of fighting long-term rival Kell Brook with an official announcement expected over the next few weeks.
Earlier this month, Khan, a former super-lightweight world champion, had appeared set to take on WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford for a fee believed to be around £3.9m.
However, a domestic showdown now looks to be back on top of Khan’s agenda thanks to Brook’s poor performance against Michael Zerafa.
“Brook is definitely who I want next,” Khan told Sportsmail. ‘We are in talks at the moment. It has been made a little easier by the fact we are with the same promotional company. We are really close, I’ve left it with Eddie [Hearn] for now.
“We could do it at Wembley, that would be ideal. It’s neutral for both of us. It’s not in Manchester where I’m from, it’s not in Sheffield where he’s from so I think Wembley would be a good spot.”
A sticking point had been the weight in which the bout would take place, but Brook has agreed to a 10lb rehydration clause, a stipulation which Khan had stressed was essential for him to take the fight at the welterweight limit of 147lbs.
The 32-year-old won a unanimous decision over Samuel Vargas in September, despite hitting the canvas in the second round. Prior to that, Khan had made quick work of comeback opponent Phil Le Greco, dispatching him in 39 seconds.
“Crawford looked bigger to me because he’s got a world title and he’s one of the pound-for-pound best so that would have been a massive fight, but on top of that was Kell Brook’s performance,” Khan added.
“I’ll be going into this fight now favourite to win and probably knocking him out. I won’t get credit for it though, I’ll beat him and they will still say ‘Oh he was finished anyway’.
“I wish this fight had happened sooner. The reason it didn’t is because he was running his mouth off.
“If he didn’t do that it would have been different, but I still think it’s a really big fight now and one that I win.”
Latest Boxing News
Whyte and Chisora trade X-rated insults at press conference before rematch
Wilder’s manager reveals early talks for Fury rematch and Joshua unification
NOT FOR ME
Joshua Buatsi explains why he turned down chance to sign Mayweather contract
Heavyweight champion gets medal at Buckingham Palace
WBC to order Golovkin to fight dangerous American and the winner faces Canelo
Eddie Hearn says Joshua vs Wilder deal ‘is not close’, American eyes Fury rematch
‘Joshua needs me’ – Gargantuan US heavyweight issues AJ New York challenge
Tyson Fury’s brother Tommy to make debut against opponent with remarkable record