"I think he is bitter and I see a bit of jealousy"
Ahead of their grudge match on February 19, 2022, Amir Khan believes that Kell Brook is jealous of his success.
After years of going back and forth, the pair will finally meet in Manchester.
Now, Khan has claimed his fame is the reason why Brook dislikes him.
He told Sky Sports News: “I think Kell Brook is very bitter and this is a good time for me to put the issue straight between us because he has always thought he is the better fighter than me.
“He’s always said he should have had the recognition that I had and believes that should have been him. But at the end of the day, my skills made me the name I am today.
“I’m just a hard worker and beating the big names around the world, coming to America and winning world titles is what got me here and I really never got it easy.
“Whereas Kell, I think he is bitter and I see a bit of jealousy in him.”
On whether he was nervous about the fight, Amir Khan said:
“I’m not scared, I’m not nervous, I’m just going to go in there and do what I do best.
“Kell I think is going to be scared. It is hitting him now because we are four weeks away from the fight.”
Khan is currently training in Colorado and in a virtual press conference, he explained how he wants to prove who the better boxer is.
He said: “I want to just shut him up and I want to really put a beating on him and show the public who the better fighter is.
“I don’t think he has the same work rate as me or punches as many times or has the same speed as me, so I have that advantage over him.
“I don’t think Kell has a chin or can take a good shot.
“I think his punch resistance is gone, literally gone, and I honestly believe that he is doing this fight just for that payday.
“I’m doing this for the public because it’s what they want. If I don’t take this fight, people will always say to me ‘but you didn’t fight Kell’.
“He says he’s going to beat me and do this and that, I hope he tries to. But I just don’t see him doing anything.
“Kell’s has no chance of winning this fight, I can honestly say that to you.
“Come February 19, I’m going to destroy him and it’s going to be a masterclass. The way I destroy him, I think he’ll need to retire after that. This will be his fight.”
Meanwhile, Kell Brook has stated that he has a “genuine dislike” for his rival and that it is not hype.
The 35-year-old said: “It’s all animosity on my side and I think it is the same from him.
“There’s no love lost, we don’t like each other. This isn’t just hype, this is as real as it comes.”
“I don’t like him, he doesn’t like me. And I want to punch him hard. He’s never given me any respect, or acknowledged me as a great fighter.
“I’ve always acknowledged him; I think he’s done great in his career and I’ve never dissed him in that way.
“There’s genuine dislike. I just don’t like his face basically. He puts things out in the media and he puts it all on me. We both know it’s never been me.
“All the years and spite between us, it means everything to both of us. There’s definitely fireworks in this fight, make no mistake.”
The comments come after Brook revealed that there was a rematch clause in the contract.
He explained: “I believe there is a rematch clause and I’m not sure that he’ll want to take that rematch clause or not with what I want to do to him in this fight.
“I think there’s going to be fireworks and as soon as that bell rings, I’m going to be marching out and I’m coming straight for him.
“He’s going to want to do the same and there’s going to be speed, there’s going to be power and there’s going to be everything you want to see in a boxing match in this fight.”
Brook went on to imply that Amir Khan had requested the rematch clause.
He added: “I leave it to my manager, my dad and to my team.
“All I’m interested in is this fight. I do know that there’s going to be a rematch if Amir Khan wants that. If Amir Khan wants another beatdown he can have one.”