Amir Khan has revealed that his promoter Eddie Hearn is angry at his decision to challenge world welterweight champion Terence Crawford instead of continuing with a long-awaited Battle of Britain against Kell Brook.
At the official announcement of his April 20 super fight against undefeated Crawford in the US, Khan said: "Eddie p ***** is not fighting against Brook.
I admit that this was one of the most difficult decisions in my career. The fight with Kell was almost made.
Amir Khan (right) has decided to challenge the world welterweight champion Terence Crawford
When I came to Crawford after the phone call, I woke up one morning and thought I'd take Brook the next morning, thinking I'd fight Crawford
In the end, the chance to cash in my legacy by boxing for a third world title against a man who is among the best pound-for-pound hunters in the world was too good to reject.
Fortunately, I am not one of the many fighters who have to do what their promoter tells them. I control my own destiny. & # 39;
Khan also denied that Hearn had offered him twice the $ 4 million that he would be fighting against Crawford in New York or Las Vegas to stay with Brook, and said: "It was a bit more money, but no. , not much more. & # 39;
He added: "Anyway, the Kell battle will still be there, even if, God forbid, it goes wrong for me to Crawford. Not that I think that will happen. I know that many people say that I do not stand a chance against anyone as good as Terence, but I am sure that I will be the first man to beat him and take his place in the rankings for pounds.
Khan went for Crawford instead of a long-awaited Battle of Britain against Kell Brook
So it's Brook, who can better ensure that he does not lose in the meantime. & # 39; At the age of 32, Khan admits: & # 39; I am in the final chapter of my career. & # 39;
As such, he can imagine that Crawford and Brook or the legendary Manny Pacquiao are his opponents & # 39; for my last two fights. & # 39; That suggests that if he shockers Crawford, an unnaming for the world college university with Pacquiao in advance of Boxing Brook, meaning that combat can never happen.
In addition, the fight against Crawford is the last in his three-fight deal with Hearn, which also promotes Brook.
I am not saying that I will no longer argue with Eddie, & # 39; says Khan. & # 39; He has been good to me, so why not? But fortunately I am not one of the many fighters who have to do what their promoters tell them. I control my own destiny. & # 39;
They also played the comparison game at the London media event. Khan has defeated Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum in the historical debate on the merits of legends from the past and present.
Khan fetches $ 4 million from his fight with Crawford (above) in New York or Las Vegas
Arum explained how hard Khan's job will be as a challenger on April 20 with this shocking claim: "Crawford would prevail against the big Sugar Ray Leonard if they had both been back in trouble in the late eighties." # 39;
Khan responded by adding Muhammad Ali to the discussion and said: "Both Leonard and Ali were all-time celebrities who, like me now, were written off later in their careers but came back to win more world titles. I believe it is my time to do the same. "Khan and Crawford showed their admiration for each other.
Khan: Terence is undoubtedly one of the best technical boxers in the world today. & # 39; Crawford: "Amir is still one of the fastest boxers and of course most talented boxers in the game. That makes him very dangerous, even though he is disabled a few times. & # 39;
The only insignificant frisson came when Crawford refused to count Khan among the top five welterweights in the world. After pondering, he said: "Maybe in the top five or six. This division is stacked with excellent fighters. & # 39;
Khan was talking to rival Brook, but instead opted for the star of Coundford, the British pound-star
Khan came back: "I hope he believes that. Although he is undefeated, I have seen him hurt in fights where he has taken the opponents lightly. If he thinks that I have done my very best, it will make it easier for me.
& # 39; I do not go to America as the opponent. Terence will be one of the most capable boxers I have fought, but he is not so good that hitting him would be the highlight of my career.
"Despite my two world titles and the extent of this challenge, the biggest achievement is still my Olympic silver medal. That has changed my life and made me understand from one day to the other world. & # 39;
Khan v Crawford will be pay-per-view on the ESPN in the US, but Arum is still watching bids for UK television rights.
He says: & # 39; There is huge interest in boxing here and we will be choosing from one of the many excellent TV stores in Britain in the coming days. & # 39;
Presumably that includes Sky, BT Sports and ITV. Although BT seems to be the favorite, because Sky is taking a huge Anthony Joshua fight to fight the previous Saturday.