After Kell Brook pretty much manhandled Frankie Gavin on Saturday, he and promoter Eddie Hearn are turning their attention towards Brandon Rios for a proposed August 29th fight at Bramall Lane, home of the Sheffield United. Brook said after his fight that he's now looking for big name fights, but that he's grown 'bored' of talking about a prospective Amir Khan fight.
"Winning the belt I thought it [the fight with Khan] would happen. It is boring. He said 'win a world title' but I've done all that and he has still not picked the phone up yet even talk about terms. I'm doing my own things.
"He must be scared, why wouldn't he fight in an open aired arena against me for a load of money with a belt on the line?"
Both Brook and Eddie Hearn say that since they've grown weary of trying to make a fight with Khan, they'll just try to re-open negotiations with Top Rank for a Rios fight later this summer. Eddie Hearn expects them to get it done for August.
"Bob Arum and Top Rank still want the fight. We made one offer, they turned it down now they are considering a second one. I think we will get it done.
"I've lost passion for the Amir Khan fight because it seems so far away. Khan is just scared of fighting Kell because of the potential of losing and what it would do to his career. If they lose to Kell they won't get Mayweather or Pacquiao."
Of course despite all this talk, that doesn't mean they've completely closed the door on an Amir Khan fight. Eddie Hearn says they'd still be willing to wait for a Khan fight in October or November, where they could book Millennium Stadium, but they won't be waiting long for a response from Khan; Hearn expects to sign Brook's next opponent within the next week. Since Khan really, really wants a fight with Mayweather in September (and Mayweather undoubtedly won't be making his selection of opponent within the next week) it's pretty much written in the stars that Khan-Brook won't be going down this year.