AMIR KHAN will finally settle his Kell Brook grudge – if he needs a dance partner for his UK retirement party.
The 32-year-old Bolton star axed a long-awaited summer battle with his welterweight rival for a crack at pound-for-pound ace and WBO champion Terence Crawford on April 20.
Sheffield hero Book, 32, has only had two tune-up fights since May 2017, expecting the domestic score to finally be settled.
But Khan has revealed a win over the American three-weight king would spark a rematch that would leave his homecoming swansong the last resort.
Sat on the edge of the ring at trainer Virgil Hunter’s San Francisco gym, Khan said: “Everything was done for the Brook fight but then came the offer of the Crawford fight and I did the deal.
“There was not much difference with the money but there is just so much to gain from the Crawford fight.
“The Brook fight can still happen but, if I beat Crawford, there is a rematch clause that probably kills it.
“If I lose then there might be an option there but I have to look at both scenarios.
“I would definitely want my retirement fight to be in the UK, England and Britain have been so loyal to me.”
Khan’s mastermind trainer warned him off of the 2016 middleweight clash with drug cheat Canelo Alvarez, that left the brave Brit in a broken heap after a savage round-six shot.
But the defensive master, behind the perfect career of Andre Ward, completely understands his decision to drop Brook for another shot at a man thought almost impossible to beat.
And he expects the all-England showdown to happen eventually, maybe even this year, with Khan motivated most by the fear of losing to his arch enemy.
Hunter said: “I cannot fault him for taking the Crawford fight because of the meaning of it.
“He is expected to lose to Crawford so no one is going to put him down and say: ‘You lost to Crawford so there is no lustre for the Brook fight’.
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“Brook is not taking any competitive fights at the moment so it looks like he is just waiting for Amir. That fight could happen at the end of the year.
“When I asked him why he wanted Crawford instead of Brook, he said: ‘Kell Brook will always be there’ and I have to agree.
“They don’t like each other but both of them are on a career countdown now and if Brook brings the money then that is where Amir should go. But I don’t think he could live with a loss to Brook.”
- Amir Khan challenges undefeated Terence Crawford for the WBO World Welterweight belt, live on BT Sport Box Office, Saturday 20th April. For more information go to www.bt.com/btsportboxoffice.