Amir Khan next fight: Boxer slams Carl Froch over mercenary claims

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14 September 2018 13:37

Following a two-year lay-off from the ring, Khan came back in April and knocked out Phil Lo Greco in 39 seconds.

His second return fight posed a tougher yet relatively straightforward test in Samuel Vargas, who managed to drop Khan in the second round.

The Bolton fighter also floored his opponent twice, however, and won 119-108, 119-108, 118-110 on the judges’ scorecards.

Following the bout in Birmingham, Khan expressed his desire to fight former eight-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao for the WBA welterweight belt.

So when a fighter says that I’m coming back for a pay check - that is wrong, it’s just b******s

Amir Khan

That is despite nationwide clamour in England for Khan to take on Yorkshireman Kell Brook, who’s willing to fight at Khan’s preferred weight category of 147lbs.

Former super middleweight world champion Carl Froch casted doubt over the intentions of Khan’s return, however.

Speaking to iFL TV after Khan’s win on Saturday night, the retired boxer said: “For me, Amir Khan’s back for a pay check. He’s not back for a world title. He’s not realistic about who he’s going to be fighting.

“And the big fight as well for the pay check is more Kell Brook. He will get paid well if the Pacquiao fight comes off, but that’s more likely to happen in America.”

Amir Khan next fight: The Bolton fighter has hit out at Carl Froch's damning claims against him (Image: Getty)

Amir Khan next fight: 'The King' was floored in the second round against Samuel Vargas (Image: Getty)

When posed with Froch’s words by Kugan Cassius of iFL TV, Khan replied: “Listen, on a serious note - I’ve made a lot more money than Carl Froch.

“I don’t know if all fighters think the same. I’ve been very successful in the sport of boxing. I’m not coming back for pay checks - I want the biggest fights.

“So when a fighter says that I’m coming back for a pay check - that is wrong, it’s just b******s.”

Khan, 31, headlined two Las Vegas cards in his mid-20s when fighting Saul ’Canelo’ Alvarez and Danny Garcia, but lost both via stoppage.

Amir Khan next fight: Amir Khan suffered a brutal KO to Canelo Alvarez in 2016 (Image: Getty)

The Bolton fighter reportedly earned £9million from his fight with Canelo - his biggest payday - while Froch’s largest single intake was £8m for his rematch with George Groves in 2014.

“I’m not one of those fighters that would come back for a pay check,“ Khan continued.

“I’m not doing it for the money - I’m doing it for the love of the sport. I feel like I have a lot more left in me. That’s why I’m coming back.

“There’s people out there who are always going to try to have a go at me and say things, but mate, when it comes to pay checks… Na, never.”

Boxing fans have grown frustrated at not seeing Khan take on Brook - a fight which has been touted for years.

“If it was all about the pay check, I would’ve taken the Kell Brook fight straight away because that is a massive pay check,” Khan added.

“But I want to re-group my career again, get back to winning ways and then take the right fights at the right time.“

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