“There's only going to be one winner and that's me”
The 22-year-olds are competing at -80kg in the Manchester Grand Prix later this month, and could meet in what would be one of the most
highly anticipated fights
in the sport's history.
The pair were embroiled in a
bitter appeals process
after Muhammad was controversially selected ahead of then world number one Cook for London 2012.
"He took it too far," said Muhammad.
"It was quite clear that GB Taekwondo was firm in its stance and I think the constant appeals were nasty and unnecessary."
The British Olympic Association (BOA) initially
refused to ratify
Muhammad's nomination for the Olympic team, with Cook claiming he was being
out of a place at the Games after
the GB programme less than 12 months earlier.
Historic Olympic bronze for GB's Muhammad
GB Taekwondo always maintained that did not come into consideration and tried to protect Muhammad, who
received hate mail
as the spat became more acrimonious.
"It was one of the low periods in my life," said Muhammad.
"It's not the messages that I received which affected me, it was more that my family were being hounded by reporters left, right and centre - my dad was even being followed to his place of work."
Cook insists he has no issue with Muhammad, holding the GB Taekwondo selectors accountable.
"He took his opportunity, he got an Olympic bronze medal out of it, so this is nothing against Lutalo," Cook told BBC Sport.
"But I was world number one, reigning two-time European champion and that was my spot. For whatever reason, it got taken away from me."
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