Amir Khan has declared that he would now like to accept a long-awaited fight with Kell Brook.
The 32-year-old former world champion turned down the bout against his British rival in order to take on a world title challenge against WBO world champion Terence Crawford on April 20.
Khan was outclassed by Crawford and lost as he decided not to continue after getting hit by a low blow in the sixth round.
When asked about suggestions that he should now retire, Amir told The National: “It never really crossed my mind. In the fight I was still there. He was technically a very good fighter and I did find it quite hard to get to him.
“But I still think, maybe not against a Crawford… but I still feel I’m better than the guys like Danny Garcia, Lamont Peterson, Keith Thurman, Manny Pacquiao. Those fights could be big still.”
“I still have it in me. I still love the sport and I still work hard. I still feel like I’m up there.”
Regarding when he could potentially return to the ring and who he could face, Khan added: “I’m still in the top ten in the world and I want to fight someone in the top ten for my next fight.
“Hopefully that will be in October or November time.
“We’ve got names like Kell Brook there; still the top, top fighters there…
“Kell Brook still excites me. It’s a fight that’s always there. People say it’s a 50/50 fight, but I believe I would take out Kell Brook in six or seven rounds.
“That’s the fight that would be an easy sell. We’re with the same promoter in Eddie Hearn. I would like to take that fight.
“He’s a great fighter, Kell, he’s done a lot in the game. And that would be a massive fight in the UK.
“I’ve done everything now I wanted to do away from the UK, in America. I want to have my next fight in the UK. And if it’s Kell, it’s Kell.”