|Amir ‘King’ Khan|
After weeks of will he wont he, WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (24-1, 17ko) will now after all defend his title against Belfast’s Paul McCloskey in his homecoming fight at the Manchester MEN on April 16th.
Unbeaten Irishman McCloskey (22-0, 12ko) the British and European 10st champion rejected several offers, but now a deal has been struck and he will challenge Amir for his world strap.
Junior Witter looked to have made the shortlist and has been voicing his promotion to get a shot, but the former WBC champion has a date in Canada against Victor Puiu soon and stated on Sky’s ringside program this week that he could no longer make the weight.
The decision to make this fight follows a extended period of intense negotiations between the Khan and McCloskey camps stretching back to early January.
On several occasions talks appeared to have broken down, but it’s understood contracts have now been signed by both sides.
A press conference to officially announce the fight is expected to be held next week.
The news was confirmed on Khan’s official website.
“I am delighted that this fight has finally been put together following some tough negotiations.
“This is a match-up the British public want to see and will be a fantastic fight between two of the best light-welterweights in the country.” said Khan.
The world champion will leave his Bolton home for his LA training camp on February 9 to team up with Freddie Roach, following press conferences in Manchester and Belfast to confirm the fight.