Kell Brook convinced Amir Khan has got grudge-match approach 'wrong'

Kell Brook believes his rival Amir Khan has made a mistake with his approach to their fight in Manchester next month.

Amir Khan has got his training camp all wrong, according to Kell Brook ahead of the eagerly-anticipated grudge match next month.

The two British rivals will face-off at the Manchester Arena on February 19, with Brook the clear favourite with Planet Sport Bet.

At 35, both fighters have plenty of miles on the clock and a fight five years ago would have been a bigger draw, but there is genuine dislike between the pair. That will undoubtedly give the catchweight fight, with a limit of 149lbs, some added spice.

But Sheffield fighter Brook insists that Khan has taken the wrong approach with an old-school American trainer.

Brian 'BoMac' McIntyre is the new man that has been preparing Khan for his first fight since beating Billy Dibb in July 2019. That was three months before he lost controversially to Terence Crawford in a WBO world welterweight title fight - his corner pulled him out after six rounds after a low blow.

But Khan has rolled back the years, and alongside Crawford he has spent his camp in Omaha and Colorado in the US.

Under the watchful eye of McIntyre, Khan has been sparring four-minute rounds, with just 30 seconds rest in between.

Khan training at altitude

The Bolton man has been running four miles through the snowy Colorado mountains with his trainer following by car.

"My chest is burning but this is what makes you a champion," he told Sky Sports at 7,000ft altitude in early January.

"I have had a few sparring rounds with Crawford and done mitt work with BoMac.

"It's back! I feel like I'm 25 or 26 again, at the peak of my career."

Brook though suspects Khan may well have burnt himself out with an out-dated approach.

Brook told the Sheffield Star: "Boxing is a young man's game. Amir is the same age as me, you have got to listen to your body; recovery is as important as training hard in my eyes.

"If he wants to go out with a new trainer he doesn't know, an old-school American trainer, let him do that. I think it's an advantage to me.

"I personally think he's got it wrong by doing that."

Brook training in the sun

Brook's approach has seen him train in Fuerteventura since mid-December.

Brook said: "It's absolutely baltic in Sheffield. It's better for the body as I'm getting older.

"The air's better, there's not many cars on the road. There's not many distractions here, everyone and their dog knows me in Sheffield."

Former light heavyweight boxer Amer 'Killa' Khan will be in Brook's corner next month and he thinks Khan's training will not stand him in good stead for the bout.

He said: "I can't even see Amir Khan going past six or seven rounds with Kell. I just think stylistically it's all wrong for him with how he's training.

"With Amir, he's been to the moon and back. He's got a lot of miles on the clock. He's had a lot of personal problems, bad knockouts, whereas with Kell you can see he's had a full front-end change with two new eyesockets.

"Kell has always been very robust and strong. I think that's what it's going to boil down to - that brute strength, that power will come through.

"Kell's not had those bad knockouts when you are stretchered out, they put a lot of miles on the clock."

Read more on Planet Sport: Amir Khan vs Kell Brook: Expect a Fight of the Year contender

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