Kell Brook insists he’s always believed himself a superior fighter than Amir Khan, for the last 17 years, after ending their bitter rivalry with a sixth-round TKO of his fellow Briton in Manchester on Saturday night. Brook declared that Khan’s status was only because he won an Olympic medal and had the right people behind him.
The Sheffield fighter was a convincing winner as he landed more power punches than Khan threw total punches, leaving Khan battered and bruised by the final bell.
Brook told Sky Sports afterwards: “I knew that was going to happen. It was a matter of time before I was going to get him out of there. What a feeling. What a turnout.
“Those are the fights I wanted to be involved in when I walked into a gym as a kid. Them big fights, the War of the Roses, bragging rights, King of the North. I’m back on top now. I took Amir Khan out just like I said I was going to.
“It’s a weight off my chest. I put a lot of pressure on myself because I told everyone [I’d beat him] and I did believe it. I always knew from when I was 18 years old that I was a better fighter than him.
“He had the push and the promoters behind him because he won silver in the Olympics. I’ve always known that. Tonight the fans got to see a megafight and I dealt with him.”
Quizzed on the bitter nature of their rivalry, Brook declared that in their post-fight embrace, Khan offered to go to coffee with him.
Brook added: “I’ve always had some respect for him. It’s always kind of been there. When I don’t get it back for years it’s hard to like someone who is just dissing you.
“I take my hat off to him today for taking those shots and still trying to hold in there. That’s where the respect comes. He’s marked up and he took some good shots. I respect him for that.
“I’ve heard he’s a nice kind of guy you know. He said we can get a coffee after. If we do or not, that’s a different thing!”
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