Welcome to Sheffield, Amir Khan. (Well, sort of.)
King Khan was centre stage in the Mercure St. Paul’s Hotel, where he and his Mexican opponent Julio Diaz were acknowledging the warmth they had received in Yorkshire.
A few miles away, at a house in Grenoside, the sentiment was decidedly cooler.
A seething Kell Brook, awaiting specialist advice on a damaged navicular bone in his right foot, doesn’t like the idea of his main domestic rival fighting on his manor.
“Diaz is a blown-up lightweight, it should be easy for Khan, it’s a non-contest” he shrugged. “I don’t know if Khan and me will ever meet in Sheffield or anywhere else, but if we do, I’ll take his jaw right off his face.”
Hmmmn. That seemed pretty unequivocal.
The outburst was based on comments Khan has passed on Brook, previously.
“There’s a bitterness between us he has always got something to say. He has some idiots around him, saying (negative) things. I’d love to settle this once and for all.”
That demeanour was at odds with Khan’s press event yesterday, where he was branded potentially “the world’s best-pound-for-pound fighter”
All boxers paid tribute to the opponents they will meet at Sheffield Arena on Saturday. Heavyweights Audley Harrison and Deontay Wilder even spoke of the “love” they have for each other, while privately plotting to knock each other’s block off.
Boxing: don’t you love it?