WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan will defend his title against European champion Paul McCloskey on April 16th, in his home coming fight at the MEN Arena in Manchester.

Freddie Roach/Amir KhanThe fight will be officially confirmed in a press conference at The Lowry Hotel tomorrow, Salford Quays, (8th February).

The fight is to be shown live on HBO and Sky Box Office and it is a fight that Khan believes the fans want and he is looking forward to giving McCloskey, the number two rated light-welterweight in the British rankings behind Khan, a shot at his crown.

McCloskey is an undefeated fighter, European champion currently, he wants to fight for a world title and I’m happy to give him that chance.” – Amir Khan.
Its gonna be a big fight for me and Coming back to the UK after 14 months since I fought here, Its gonna be big.” added Khan.
A McCloskey (left) win over Khan would be no upset, according to the Belfast challenger trainer John Breen.

“If he hits Khan on the point, Khan’ll go down,” John Breen told UTV, in the wake of confirmation a title fight was booked for the MEN Arena in Manchester on April 16.

Intense negotiations between the two camps had been ongoing for weeks, with talks breaking down on more than one occasion. But in the end, a deal was agreed which would pit McCloskey against the title holder.

“It’ll be hard,” Breen said of the nine weeks of preparation ahead. “But Paul relishes the hard work – I’ve never seen Paul McCloskey tired at any time in any fight.”

He added: “Obviously Khan’s a fit kid himself and he’s the world champion, so Paul will have to be on his mark to do the job.”
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