Kell Brook and Amir Khan DENY making offensive comments during press conference

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‘Most of my close friends are Asian’: Kell Brook bizarrely DENIES comments on Amir Khan’s ‘poppadom chin’ were racist, as his rival says he sees no need to apologise for his own ‘homophobic’ slurs in their shameful press conference

  • Kell Brook and Amir Khan have denied making offensive comments to each other
  • The British pair end their bitter rivalry in a blockbuster clash in Manchester 
  • Their press conference on Thursday turned ugly with offensive remarks made
  • Khan questioned a comment by Brook regarding his ‘poppadom chin’
  • He also caused controversy by making innuendos about Brook’s sexuality
  • The boxers both insist that they did not make racist or homophobic comments 


Kell Brook and Amir Khan have denied aiming alleged racist and homophobic comments to each other during Thursday’s ugly prelude to their blockbuster clash in Manchester.

The British pair end a rivalry 17 years in the making on Saturday night, but tempers flared during a tense press conference this week in which the pair directed offensive comments in opposite directions.

Khan, who was born and raised in Bolton to Pakistani parents, questioned Brook on a comment he made in which he stated that he had a ‘poppadom chin’, claiming that the remark had racial undertones.  

Amir Khan (L) and Kell Brook (R) have denied aiming offensive comments at each other

Amir Khan (L) and Kell Brook (R) have denied aiming offensive comments at each other

The Special One has vehemently denied any racial connotations linked with the comment, insisting ‘most of my close friends are Asian’.

Brook told Sky Sports: ‘He’s obviously going down the line of me being racist. Most of my close friends are Asian. 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.’

Khan, though, is unconvinced by Brook’s defence. ‘His excuse was not good enough,’ he said. ‘It should not be said. Things like that should not be said. This is a sport and we have to respect each other. 

The British rivals meet on Saturday but their press conference turned ugly on Thursday

The British rivals meet on Saturday but their press conference turned ugly on Thursday

Kell Brook said he has lots of Asian friends

Khan told Sky Sports that his team felt he did not make an offensive remark

Khan (R) made innuendos about Brook’s (L) sexuality, while Brook was accused of making a racist comment about Khan’s ‘poppadom chin’

‘It’s so sad that, that he had to come out with a comment like that.

‘I respected him as a fighter…that’s gone out the window now. I thought maybe after the fight we could be friends, I don’t want to be his friend.’

Meanwhile, Khan also caused controversy at the press conference when he made innuendos about Brook’s sexuality. 

Sky Sports report that when asked whether he would like to retract or apologise for the comment, Khan said that nobody in his team had considered that he had done anything wrong, stressing that his comment was not homophobic.

Promoter Ben Shalom said he was 'disappointed' with both men following the ugly outbursts

Promoter Ben Shalom said he was ‘disappointed’ with both men following the ugly outbursts

The same outlet says Khan also publicly questioned Brook’s sexuality in a 2018 interview.  

BOXER promoter Ben Shalom condemned the comments made by both men, insisting that he was ‘disappointed’ with the pair.  

He said: ‘There is absolutely no room for racism or homophobia anywhere, never mind in boxing which is the biggest equalising sport that we’ve ever seen.

‘Once you get in the ring, it brings communities together and brings diversity into sport. We have reminded both guys that there is no room for it. I’m disappointed with them.’

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