Amir Khan has confirmed that negotiations with Paul McCloskey have finally reached a successful conclusion and the pair will clash on April 16th at the MEN, Areana in Manchester City Centre.

Khan had made it clear that McCloskey was his preferred opponent for his homecoming fight, but an initial offer was labelled a “joke” by the McCloskey camp. The fight then appeared to be off, with the likes of John Murray, Junior Witter, Kell Brook and Lamont Peterson all being mentioned as possible foes.

However, Khan has now confirmed he will take on European light-welterweight champion McCloskey, before going after Timothy Bradley in a unification bout later this year.

“I am delighted that this fight has finally been put together following some tough negotiations,” Khan said in a statement on his official website. “This is a matchup the British public want to see and will be a fantastic fight between two of the best light-welterweights in the country.”
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  • Amir Khan has confirmed his next fight will be held at Manchesters Evening News Arena ( MEN Arena) Manchester’s on Saturday 16 April.

  • Whatever happens this should be a fight worth staying up for, don’t forget McCloskey hasn’t yet lost a fight… Paul has made it very clear that this is indeed the fight of his career and is keen to look for a big win.

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  • McCloskey will have to rely upon all his boxing knowledge and skills to weather the early storm, keep moving the head and if possible try and drag Khan into a war. I don’t expect McCloskey, although a good boxer in his own right, to outbox Khan, he simply can’t match him for speed.

    The key for McCloskey is to get the fight on the inside. Khan doesn’t seem to have much of an inside game, instead he relies on his quick reflexes to get him out of trouble.

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