Amir Khan has claimed that British rival Kell Brook has always been bitter towards him because he is the more famous fighter.
Khan and Brook will finally meet in Manchester on February 19, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and ahead of their grudge match, the Bolton fighter believes his Sheffield rival is jealous of his success.
“I think Kell Brook is very bitter and this is a good time for me to put the issue straight between us because he has always thought he is the better fighter than me,” Khan told Sky Sports News.
“He’s always said he should have had the recognition that I had and believes that should have been him. but at the end of the day, my skills made me the name I am today.
“I’m just a hard worker and beating the big names around the world, coming to America and winning world titles is what got me here and I really never got it easy. Whereas Kell, I think he is bitter and I see a bit of jealousy in him.”
Asked if he was nervous ahead of the much-anticipated fight, Khan added: “I’m not scared, I’m not nervous, I’m just going to go in there and do what I do best. Kell I think is going to be scared. It is hitting him now because we are four weeks away from the fight.”
Khan is training for the fight in Colorado Springs and in a virtual press conference later, he explained how he wants to prove to the public who the better fighter is.
“I want to just shut him up and I want to really put a beating on him and show the public who the better fighter is,” said Khan.
“I don’t think he has the same work rate as me or punches as many times or has the same speed as me, so I have that advantage over him.
“I don’t think Kell has a chin or can take a good shot. I think his punch resistance is gone, literally gone, and I honestly believe that he is doing this fight just for that payday.
“I’m doing this for the public, because it’s what they want. If I don’t take this fight, people will always say to me ‘but you didn’t fight Kell’. He says he’s going to beat me and do this and that, I hope he tries to. But I just don’t see him doing anything.
“Kell’s has no chance of winning this fight, I can honestly say that to you. Come February 19, I’m going to destroy him and it’s going to be a masterclass. The way I destroy him, I think he’ll need to retire after that. This will be his fight.”
Sky Sports Boxing schedule
Sunday January 30 – Top Rank in Tulsa
Robson Conceicao vs Xavier Martinez – WBC super-featherweight title eliminator
Saturday February 5 (targeted) – BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles
Saturday February 19 – BOXXER in Manchester
Amir Khan vs Kell Brook
Frazer Clarke’s pro debut
Saturday February 26 – BOXXER and Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight titles
Saturday March 5 – Top Rank in Fresno
Jose Ramirez vs Jose Pedraza