Well over 10 years in the making, Amir Khan and Kell Brook are ready to rock and roll on Saturday night in Manchester after both making the 149lb catchweight. There has been plenty of talk about Special K potentially coming in overweight this week – even though it will have cost him a six-figure fine – but the former IBF welterweight world champion came in at 148lbs to silence the sceptics.
Khan also comfortably made weight, tipping the scales to 147lbs as the pair prepare to settle old scores once and for all.
Earlier this week, Brook began the mind games when he teased the prospect of coming in overweight.
“You’ll have to wait to see if I make weight, or if I come in heavier,” Brook said.
“I might pay a few hundred thousand pounds. I might play games. I might be on weight, I might not.”
Both fighters, who now just have to get it right on the night after banking weeks of dedicated hard work and preparation, got up close and personal for one last time after jumping off the scales.
Brook remains confident his durability will see him weather any potential early storm posed by Khan’s fast hands.
Yet in the other corner, ‘King’ is adamant Brook’s punch resistance has died a death, meaning any shots that land could send him to sleep.
The pair were forced to clear up controversial comments, seemingly of a racial and homophobic nature, following Thursday’s fight press conference.
Khan pulled up Brook for comments he previously made about his opponent’s “poppadom chin.”
The former unified light-welterweight world champion was raised to Pakistani parents and therefore took offence to the remarks.
“His excuse was not good enough,” Khan said. “It should not be said. Things like that should not be said. This is a sport and we have to respect each other.
“Before the fight, we don’t get on, we don’t respect each other, but come fight night that will be the time when we will see who the better fighter is but before anything like that when race gets involved it just messes things up and I’m quite upset he came out with that comment.”
Brook, meanwhile, was adamant there was no racial motive behind his comments while acknowledging they were insensitive.
“He’s obviously going down the line of me being racist. Most of my close friends are Asian,” Brook said.
“The original Amir Khan was going to be in my corner so he’s obviously wanting to get the people thinking I’m racist but I’m absolutely not.
“All I was saying was how fragile the poppadom is and his chin is brittle like that. Looking back now I regret it. There’s nothing behind it.”