AMIR KHAN and Kell Brook finally ended their long rivalry as they embraced after a heated battle on Saturday night.
And Khan, 35, graciously accepted defeat as the two hugged in the ring and then again during the post-match press conference.
The Bolton native then paid tribute to Brook’s performance.
He said: “I have to say there’s no reason for the better man to have won and he’s stripped out of his skin.
“I didn’t expect that from him, especially from the fights I’ve seen before.
“No disrespect to Kell, he had a great performance today and he came out to win.
“At the end of the day we have rivalry but like I say after I punch them, we can be friends.
“He had a great performance and did everything it took. He was the best fit tonight. I had a great, great training camp, but I just couldn’t go on.
“I’ve been missing quite a bit. Kell went into his A-game, all respects go to him. “
And Brook, who has dumped Khan for a decade, also admits he now has respect for his British rival.
After his win, he said: “I’ve always wanted to play against Amir. I think after this hateful match, this is the ice for me.
“I can live peacefully with myself, with my career now.
“He took some great pictures there. The respect was there – it was everything I ever wanted.
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“He’s had a great career. You don’t want to get into these fights at the end of his career. He’s going to have to sit down like me and see if he wants to move on.
“We were in one of the greatest battles of our time – it was like the battle between George Groves and Carl Froch.
“It’s up there with the best British battles of our time.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17712770/amir-khan-kell-brook-embrace-fight/ Watch Amir Khan and Kell Brook finally end their feud and embrace in emotional scenes outside the ring after the feud filled with battle