Kell Brook has firmly quashed reports that he is on the brink of hanging up his gloves – and also reiterated his desire to fight WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford.

The Sheffield-born 33-year-old was due to fight on the June 1 Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz undercard at Madison Square Garden, but Brook withdrew in order to preserve himself for a high profile occasion.

He hasn't fought since December, when he got a decision win over Michael Zerafa in their WBA super-welterweight final eliminator at Sheffield Arena.

There has been speculation that Brook, whose two defeats of his 40-fight career came against Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr, would retire after failing to land a high-profile bout.

But he has put those rumours to bed in a post on Twitter .

Kell Brook has denied rumors that he is going to retire

He said: "I just wanted to address some speculation circulating around about my retirement.

"I’m not sure where these reports have surfaced from but I am NOT retired. I have had some time away from the ring but me and my team have been pro-actively looking to secure them big fights.

"We went to New York because we want to fight Terence Crawford.

"These are the level of fights that get me excited and I’d only ever want to bow out on a high, putting on an exciting show for my fans who have always shown me incredible support!

"If these BIG fights can be made, I’d love nothing more than to dance under them bright lights.

Amir Khan and Kell Brook are yet to clash

"So unless and until you hear it from me, know that The Special One still has a few more special nights in store for you guys."

Crawford beat Khan in six rounds earlier this year, with Brook watching from the stands, and having recovered from his loss Khan is said to be keen to get back in the ring, and would welcome taking on Brook, potentially in October or November of this year.

Speaking about Brook's schedule, promoter Eddie Hearn said last month: "He's not fighting June 1. He just wants to jump into a mega fight now.

"He wants the Terence Crawford fight; we'll see if the Amir Khan fight can ever materialise. It's still a big fight, it's still a fight people want to see. Khan didn't really take a lot of damage in the Crawford fight, apart from one in the nuts, so we'll have to see.

"But Kell wants Crawford, he wants Khan, he wants any major fight and I don't think he can get himself motivated for anything else. There hasn't been any conversation since the [Crawford] fight. We're due one this week, so we'll see."