Paul McCloskey has disputed claims from Amir Khan’s camp that negotiations over their much-anticipated fight ended because the Dungiven man demanded too much money.

McCloskey had reportedly agreed a world title fight in principle against WBA light welterweight champion Khan, but talks broke down earlier this week.

Khan’s offer was called “totally derisory” by McCloskey’s side. Khan’s side later branded the Irishman’s demands “completely unacceptable”.

Speaking to UTV, McCloskey said he just wanted a “fair deal”.

“They’re making claims about me wanting so much money for the purse, but all I wanted was a fair deal,” he said.

“I’m gutted that it hasn’t happened, but from day one things were never too good, to be fair.

“I just don’t know why they were trying to make it so hard, it doesn’t make sense really. To have me and him fight over here, I’m European champion, he’s world champion, he’s English, I’m Irish – it makes so much sense. Why they’ve made it so hard to make the fight doesn’t make sense to me.”

The fight, which UTV first revealed may happen when Khan expressed his interest on Twitter, was set to take place in Manchester on 16 April.

Speaking on Friday, Amir Khan’s father Shah said they were equally frustrated at the bout’s collapse. He said they had put an attractive offer to McCloskey.

“It’s too far apart now and like I said on Wednesday evening, I thought we were 90% done and agreed you know, literally agreed, but the demands are completely unacceptable,” he told UTV.

“We gave into so many demands of theirs; I mean Paul would have got paid anything close to three times as much he got paid in his last fight.”
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