The time is right! - Khan ready to settle score with Brook at Old Trafford

By Sports Desk April 01, 2021

Amir Khan has reiterated he is ready to take on domestic rival Kell Brook and is hopeful the fight can take place at Manchester United's Old Trafford home.

Despite years of talk, a bout between the British former world champions has yet to materialise.

The prospect of the pair facing off appeared to be over, with Khan absent from the ring since beating Billy Dib in July 2019.

However, the 34-year-old is motivated to make a return in 2021 and has set his sights on Brook, whose most recent fight was a stoppage loss to Terence Crawford five months ago.

Should the British showdown get the green light, Khan would love it to be hosted at the iconic Old Trafford, rather than in the Far East or the United States like his last two fights.

"I was on the phone to Eddie [Hearn]. I said, 'Let's get the fight made'. We're not getting a clear response from Kell's team, that they want to take the fight," he told Sky Sports.

"It has been a fight that we've been talking about and it obviously didn't happen because I was campaigning in America, fighting over there.

"When I came back to the UK, I had mandatories. I had to defend my titles.

"But I think now is the right time to make that fight happen with Kell. We have both been world champions. We're both British and in the north as well. 

"Imagine making a huge fight like that happen at the Old Trafford football stadium. It would be a massive fight."

Khan has won 34 of his 39 professional fights, 21 of those by knockout, while Brook has 39 wins and 27 knockouts from 42 bouts.

Bolton-born Khan is confident he can still challenge for titles, but first he wants the chance to finally settle an old score with Brook.

"Look, I'm still up there in the top 10 in the world," he said. "Getting a world title fight I don't think will be a problem.

"But what would be even bigger than a world title, because I've won a world title before, would be a British rivalry fight between myself and Kell Brook.

"That's something that would be big in Britain. I don't know how big it would be in America, but I know for a fact that us both being British, it would be a massive showcase here."

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