Khan is a con man, says Brook ahead of Zer­afa en­counter

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Sport -

KELL Brook has launched a ver­bal at­tack on Amir Khan as he pre­pares for tonight’s su­per-wel­ter­weight fight against Aus­tralian Michael Zer­afa.

York­shire­man Brook is frus­trated at what he sees as Khan’s re­luc­tance for a show­down be­tween them to take place – and he vented his feel­ings dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Sh­effield ahead of a fi­nal elim­i­na­tor for the WBA su­per-wel­ter­weight world ti­tle this week­end.

In­stead of fac­ing Brook, Khan has now been linked to tak­ing on Terence Craw­ford – much to Brook’s an­noy­ance.

“I’m do­ing ev­ery­thing I can for the fans, he has turned his back on them. Ev­ery­one knows it’s him that is run­ning off,” Brook said, in com­ments re­ported by Sky Sports’ of­fi­cial web­site. “Amir Khan is a con man, they should call him Amir ‘con’. This is his last big fight un­der Match­room, and I thought it was nailed on.

“He shook my hand and looked me dead in the eye and said we would fight next. What can I do? I’ve bent over back­wards.

“I want any elite fighter. I’ve got that buzz again. I want the top guys.

“In train­ing, we are get­ting all the hard work done and hav­ing a good crack in be­tween. Camp could not have gone bet­ter. I’m raring to go.

“I am not in­ter­ested in what Zer­afa’s go­ing to do, I am go­ing to be 100 per cent.

“No man can deal with me on Satur­day night. I’m very ex­plo­sive and look­ing to put on a se­ri­ous per­for­mance.”

Zer­afa, though, has only lost twice dur­ing his pro­fes­sional ca­reer, and he is ready to take his op­por­tu­nity against Brook at the Sh­effield Arena.

“Brook has done a lot of great things for the sport,” Zer­afa said. “We know it’s a hard task, but we are pre­pared – this is a world ti­tle for me.

“It’s go­ing to be fire­works. We’ve seen flaws in Kell, and if there are too many holes in a ship, it sinks. No stone has been left un­turned.”

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