One fight that boxing fans likely won’t be seeing in 2015 is a clash between two of the top British fighters at 147. Amir Khan doesn’t have a world title belt in his possession, but he’s sure acting like he has one.
Khan says he won’t be fighting the highly popular and big punching IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook because he feels that he’s not shown him the type of respect that he wants. If that wasn’t enough of a reason for Khan, he also added that Brook isn’t on the same level as him.
It’ a pity that Khan doesn’t want to fight Brook because there are more than a few boxing fans who feel that Brook IS on the same level as Khan, and there are still more that feel that Brook is a bad match-up for Khan due to his power.
For Khan to be dismissing Brook because he feels he’s not on the same level as him, it seems almost disingenuous given the fighters – Carlos Molina, Julio Diaz, Luis Collazo and Devon Alexander – that he’s fought recently. Brook recently beat Shawn Porter, the guy that totally dominated Khan’s last opponent Devon Alexander. Why is Khan fighting Alexander instead of Brook?
“He’s [Brook] not at my level. To be honest with you, I won’t even fight him because he’s disrespectful,” Khan said. “If he was cool and was being respectful then I would, but I’m not going to bother fighting him. I’ve proven myself how good I am and where I’m at, so I’m not going to fight him.”
There are some boxing fans who feel that Khan is just going to sit and wait until he gets a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr or Manny Pacquiao. Until he gets that fight, they think Khan will take light punchers in order to avoid getting knocked out. Let’s hope that’s not the case because it would be bad for boxing for Khan to be padding his resume with soft touches while he waits for Mayweather and Pacquiao to agree to fight him.