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Kell Brook moves on from Amir Khan to target Brandon Rios or Juan Manuel Marquez

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Brook wants a big fight in the summer, but it's unlikely to come against Khan, writes John Dennen

IF Kell Brook can retain his IBF welterweight title against Jo Jo Dan on Saturday (March 28) in Sheffield, he hopes to fight regularly throughout the rest of 2015 and secure a big name opponent this summer.

But British rival Amir Khan however is unlikely to be in the frame. “I just think that he’s avoiding me like the plague. I’ve got a belt there. It’s a great bargaining tool. How long have we been banging on that we want the fight with him?” Brook asked. “I’m a genuine, big welterweight who’s coming to seek and destroy against him and he knows this.”

“It’s so easy to be made, all the signs are there for it to be an unbelievable fight. It’s so easy to be made,” he continued. “I think people around him are blowing smoke up his arse and he’s believing all the hype. Don’t get me wrong he is a good fighter. But I’ll take him out.”

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn added, “June 13 is available at Wembley [stadium]. What is the problem? You mention everybody else’s name, other than Kell Brook.

“Why not now? It’s more money, he’s got a world title in the division you’re fighting in. It’s the biggest fight in British boxing.”

Terms for a possible deal have not been broached and Brook has to focus on his March 28 defence against Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield and then hopes to box three more times this year. “I’ve got my own route. I’ve got this fight,” Kell said. “We’re all ready to go.”

If he defeats this first challenger, Brandon Rios or Juan Manuel Marquez could be next. “[Al] Haymon’s got [Keith] Thurman, which is a great fight. HBO are very keen to have Kell fight Rios or Marquez, two great fights. He needs one of those fights. The Dan fight has come around at the perfect time. Dan is going to give 150%, he’s number one challenger. We get the mandatory out the way, he’s got nine months minimum for voluntary defences,” his promoter said.

Brook noted, “Whatever’s building to be juicy, juicy fight that’s all I’ve ever wanted to fight the very, very best, Before I leave this sport I want to get in with the best.”

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