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Brook turns back on Khan

Kell Brook appears to be shutting down any potential Amir Khan fight this year.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

In what appears to be an attempt to give Amir Khan a taste of his own medicine, IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook is turning his back on a potential Khan fight this year, stating that he prefers to chase the 'big fights' should he get past mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan.

"I think the Amir Khan fight is gone for this year," said Brook at his media day on Tuesday. "I'm the world champion and I will fight some other massive name. I'm not interested in what [Khan] does next now," said Brook.

Brook looks to be eying the winner of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight this May, so that he can try to unify all of the welterweight titles.

"It makes sense to do a unification fight. No contact has been made yet with either of them and I'm just focusing on my mandatory challenge at the moment. But I want to be involved in the big fights," he said.

If Brook wins his upcoming fight and happens to get the winner of May-Pac, I'm sure that would make Khan livid as he has a history of holding out for big name fights, and egotistically downplaying any potential fight with Brook. Kell, of course, has been calling for an Amir Khan fight for years now with Khan never giving him the time of day. Now that Brook has a belt in hand, it seems to be time to return the favor.

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