AMIR KHAN and Kell Brook were twice pulled apart at their first public meeting ahead of their grudge bout.
The warring welterweights – with a combined age of 69 – came face-to-face in Mayfair for the first press conference to hype their February 19 clash.
And, as soon as they were introduced and forced to pose for photos, they went nose-to-nose, butted heads and were pulled apart by security.
A war or words quickly ensued after Sheffield slugger Brook vowed to retire the former unified light-welterweight champ.
Khan took exception to Brook’s vow to knock him ‘spark out’, saying: “You ain’t gonna do s**t. You ain’t gonna do s**t.
“You give it the big talk, but like I said, we’ll see what happens on the night.
“But you better get in the gym and start training. You look well overweight now. You need to lose some pounds.”
Khan then branded the soft-spoken Brook a ‘p***y’ as the pair went back and forth over their stoppage losses.
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And moments after Khan’s x-rated insult, Sky Sports placed a banner on their live stream apologising for the offensive language.
It read: “Apologies for the strong language.”
After years of build-up, Brook, 35, is elated the domestic dust-up has finally come to fruition.
The former IBF welterweight king said: “Seventeen years this has been talked about.
“Even during the negotiations, this has been unbelievably hard works. It’s on, it’s been off, it’s on been, it’s been off.
“But we finally got it across the line and I’m ecstatic that the fans are going to see this fight, that they’ve wanted to see for years.
“I’m just sick of people coming up to me saying, ‘When are you going to fight him? When is it happening?
“Now we’ve got a date, February 19 in Manchester, and that’s when Amir Khan hits the deck for the final time.”
He later added: “This is the icing on the cake, this is the grudge match.
“I’ve been in the ring with the best pound-for-pound fighters. So this is the icing on the cake. This is what I need, this fight.”
Bolton bruiser Khan has blasted Brook for years but finally admitted he has respect for his fellow Brit.
He said: “Look, I respect him, he’s a fighter. Whoever goes into that squared circle, you have to give them credit.
“You’re putting your life on the line Kell signed, we signed. And now it’s time on February 19.”
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