Brook still holding out hope for Khan fight

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Kell Brook is hopeful a domestic showdown with Amir Khan can still go ahead once his rival has taken on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

Brook, the IBF welterweight world champion, is backing WBC middleweight champion Alvarez to successfully defend his title against Khan on May 7, but would still be willing to face Khan even if he does get beaten.

“I wish him all the best for this fight,” Brook told Sky Sports News HQ.

“It’s a dream fight because Canelo is up there as one of the best in the boxing world, so let’s see what he can do with him.

“I respect him for taking the fight and once he’s got the fight out the way, who knows? We could still sit down and make the fight happen.”

Next up for Brook is a defence of his title against mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier in Sheffield on March 26.

While Brook would also love to face Floyd Mayweather if the unbeaten champ comes out of retirement, but he admits he had his sights set on a summer showdown with Khan at Wembley Stadium.

“I’m gutted for all the fans,” he said.

“We all thought we were going to make the fight this time and we were very close to getting a deal done, but he’s jumped up a few weight divisions to fight Canelo – in a fight I don’t think he can win.”