Amir Khan says he'll gladly fight Kell Brook next year, so long as Brook defeats Devon Alexander and wins the IBF welterweight title in January.
With Devon Alexander vs Kell Brook now set for January 19 in the United States, Amir Khan says that if his countryman Brook gets past Alexander and wins the IBF welterweight title, he's very open to a fight in 2013 in the United Kingdom against his press rival.
"I think it's a great step up for Brook, because Brook has been fighting a lower level [of opposition]. I'm surprised that he's taking the fight with Devon Alexander. Devon Alexander is a great fighter. It will be a good fight for the welterweight division and in the future I can fight the winner.
"If he gets past Devon Alexander, then I think it makes sense to have a fight with him - and he'll have a world title [so] it makes sense to fight Brook maybe in the UK. It would be huge."
Khan (26-3, 18 KO) has lost two straight, so you might think it a bit hilarious that he's out there saying he'll "accept" a world title shot in a weight class where he's never fought, but of the three, he remains the biggest star, and that will allow him to call shots for the time being.
Of course, he's taking a fight on December 15 at 140 pounds, facing lightweight prospect Carlos Molina on Showtime in Los Angeles. It's expected to be little more than a get-well win for Khan, who is working with yet another new trainer in Virgil Hunter, having parted ways with Freddie Roach.
There's no doubt that Khan-Brook would be a big fight in the UK, and the good news is that with both being Sky Sports fighters, there would be no TV issue overseas to get in the way, and Golden Boy and Matchroom are already working together on Alexander-Brook, so it wouldn't seem they have any promotional company problems, either.
In short, if Brook does beat Alexander -- far from a sure thing, as it's a good, 50-50 matchup -- there really shouldn't be a lot of trouble making the fight so long as both fighters actually want it. Their recent verbal dust-up on Sky Sports' Ringside show was plenty entertaining and put a lot of fuel into that fire, but there's also the question of either one of them perhaps wanting to stage a bout with Ricky Hatton instead, should Hatton's comeback get off to a good start on November 24. Ricky is a bigger star than both of them combined, probably, and at his age with the time off, he might be viewed by some of these young guns, deep down, as an easy mark.