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Khan-McCloskey Fight is back on but Khan still wants to unify the division
The fight between Amir Khan and Paul McCloskey is now back on and will take place in Manchester in April
Posted Feb 06, 2011 by Weekend Round-Up
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After a communication breakdown about two weeks ago between Amir Khan’s people and Paul McCloskey’s camp the bout looks set to actually go ahead with fight night scheduled for 16th April at the Manchester MEN Arena.
Great news for fans of British boxing because not only will it be a cracking fight, it’s Amir Khan’s chance to defend the WBA light-welterweight title and prove he still remains the undisputed champion in the category. Khan is excited too saying he is “delighted the fight is finally going ahead”.
Paul ‘Dudey’ McCloskey’s manager Francie McNicholl confirmed today that the contracts had been signed and that what has been described as “a fight between two of the best light-welterweights in the country” would now go ahead. There has been toing and froing between the two camps for a while now and it was thought that money was the main reason for the communication breakdown but Khan’s management have since offered a revised and improved deal to the Irishman which has ensured the event would go ahead.
It’s clear that both Khan and McCloskey will be gunning for victory as both have a lot to prove but McCloskey will undoubtedly be hungrier since he is the challenger and the one that can de-throne the Bolton boxer. McCloskey described the fight as a massive opportunity and one that he has been waiting all his life for.
I think it is great that it is taking place in the UK too as many fans of both boxers will be keen to get tickets and watch the two in action as it was thought at one time that the fight would take place in the USA which would have massively reduced the ‘real’ fans in attendance, I'd be willing to bet that McCloskey brings one heck of a crowd across the Irish sea in April. Both boxers are going to need their supporters for this closely matched fight and I really think it’s going to be a highlight of 2011.
McCloskey claimed the European belt in ’09 before defending his title twice last year to remain undefeated in 22 professional fights. Meanwhile Khan claimed his title just over 2 years ago now not long after being knocked out by Breidis Prescott after just 59 seconds in December ’08, other than that Khan has an immaculate record so this looks to be an extremely close call.
Khan seems to be the pundits’ favourite at the moment but McCloskey certainly isn’t going to be a pushover for him.
American Timothy Bradley is also eyeing up Khan as a potential opponent after his win against Devon Alexander in Detroit at the end of January. Khan is keen to unify the division and plans to do so by the end of the year.