Amir Khan has claimed that a domestic clash with fellow Briton Kell Brook would only be a “tune-up” ahead of a bigger fight.
The pair have yet to meet in the ring despite being linked together for the best part of five years.
Khan has not fought since May when he suffered a devastating knockout defeat to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez after stepping up to middleweight.
Like his rival, Brook did the same and he was stopped inside five rounds when he took on the unbeaten Gennady Golovkin at The 02 back in September.
Both fighters have confirmed they’re in talks ahead of a possible showdown in 2017, but no official announcement has been made.
However, when asked about a clash with Brook, Khan claims it would be a warm-up fight as he chases the winner of the unification clash between Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman.
He told badlefthook.com: “That fight between me and him can happen, I mean I do consider it.
I don’t mind having that as a tune-up fight – the Kell Brook fight – before I go into big fights, so we in talks, I’ve left it to my team. I have a great team in the UK now.
“Well I think [Garcia-Thurman] is going to happen in March, I want to be back around March time myself, so maybe my March fight can be a tune-up and then go straight into a big fight towards the end of the year with one of the winners.”