Hearn: Khan doesn’t want Brook

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The undefeated Brook made an emphatic first defence of his belt on Saturday – stopping Jo Jo Dan in four rounds in front of his home fans in Sheffield – and used the post-fight interview to call out domestic rival Khan, who he claims is “delicate around the whiskers.”

Khan (30-3-0), 28, clinched the WBC silver welterweight strap in December when he beat Devon Alexander but was subsequently left disappointed in his pursuit of a clash with Floyd Mayweather and is yet to confirm his opponent for May 30, with rumours suggesting he may face Pacquiao’s latest victim Chris Algieri.

Following Brook’s taunting, Khan challenged Brook to a ‘winner takes all’ clash, but Hearn doubts whether the Bolton fighter and his camp are genuinely interested in facing The Special One.

Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News HQ,??Hearn said: “Generally everybody wants this fight. This is a natural fight with two great fighters.??

“Kell is a world champion now and his stock is rising day by day. Interestingly I don’t think Amir Khan will fight any of the names mentioned apart from maybe Chris Algieri.

“I can’t wait for Kell Brook to knock him out. Khan is under a lot of pressure at the moment because the public want the fight. I’ve been trying for years and years to make the fight and obviously Amir’s always told Kell to go win a world title.

“We’d love to fight Khan now. June 13 at Wembley is there for him but there’s no real interest from Khan in the fight. Unfortunately for Amir Khan, Kell’s stock continues to rise. He smashed the ratings on Saturday and his last two fights have been on Showtime in America – the same network as Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“Kell Brook wants to fight twice again before the end of the summer so like I said, talk is cheap. They aren’t even entertaining any negotiations for this fight but they have to put on a brave public face now because the demand is so strong.

“Amir’s achieved a hell of a lot in the sport. He’s a great fighter. He’s lost three times and been beaten quite emphatically at times. He’s faced better opposition than Kell Brook has but he doesn’t hold a world title at this time.

“Kell’s in a wonderful position. He’s had 34 fights. He’s had 34 wins. He’s also the IBF world champion in the same division as Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Things are great.

“Amir seems to have this thing in his head about Kell not respecting him. Kell doesn’t want to respect him – he wants to knock him out. Kell doesn’t like him. It’s quite simple. After the fight, they can shake hands and maybe there will be some respect there.

“It’s a tough fight. You can’t take anything away from Amir Khan – he’s a quality fighter. I just always felt that Kell Brook would win the fight. I don’t think Khan would deal with Kell’s power. We saw that power against Jo Jo Dan on Saturday night and his confidence is growing and growing.

“Right now, Kell is golden and Amir is struggling to find an opponent. Whatever opponent he’ll choose on May 30 isn’t going to be Kell Brook and that’s not what the public want. People will be disappointed with the opponent.

“Amir has put himself under pressure saying the fight will happen in the next 12 months and we hope so but unfortunately for him, Kell’s stock continues to rise and the split is probably getting worse and worse as days go by.

“Winner takes all? I’ll believe that when I see it because they have no desire to fight Kell Brook.”

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