Amir Khan insists he has not thought about retiring from boxing if he loses his grudge match with long-term rival Kell Brook on Saturday (Match betting – Amir Khan 6/4, Draw 16/1, Kell Brook 4/6).
The British pair, who are both 35, have been exchanging verbal jibes for the best part of 20 years, and they’ll finally have the opportunity to settle their differences this weekend.
When asked if Saturday’s bout could potentially be his last, Khan told BBC Breakfast: “After Sunday? Career still going strong. I’m still fighting.
“I feel better at 35 than I was at 25, believe it or not. I feel so strong, so fresh. I’ve got that love back for the sport again.
“Training with the new team in Nebraska, they’ve brought the love back for me. I’m really excited to see what the future holds.”
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They are slated to meet at the Manchester Arena at the top of a very exciting card, which also boasts a WBO world super welterweight title bout between Natasha Jonas and Chris Namus (Match betting – Natasha Jonas 1/10, Draw 20/1, Chris Namus 7/1).
Tokyo 2020 bronze medal winner Frazer Clarke, who previously worked as a security guard for Anthony Joshua, will make his professional debut at heavyweight, although his opponent is yet to be confirmed, while Abdul Khan, cousin of headliner Amir, takes on Ricky Starkey at lightweight (Match betting – Abdul Khan 1/50, Draw 25/1, Ricky Starkey 16/1).
Saturday’s main event is to be fought at a catchweight with the limit set at 149lbs, and a six-figure fine is in place for every pound either fighter strays above it.
Brook (5/4 To win by KO/TKO/DQ/Technical Decision) insists he “could have made the weight three or four weeks ago” and has no concerns about passing the test on the scales on Friday.
The Sheffield-born fighter, who lost to Terence Crawford for the WBO welterweight title last time out, boasts 27 knockout victories and is confident of adding to that tally this weekend.
Brook said: “I truly believe that I end this fight by knockout. I won’t go out and be stupid by looking for the knockout.
“But if I am 100 per cent, which I am, then the shot will come. I believe it will happen at some point in the fight.”
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