1st April 2011
|Khan’s Homecoming pic by Sean Keating|
It will be his first fight in England since July 2009 – And Khan, 24, knows that there is no room for error against McCloskey with a summer unification bout against American WBC and WBO title-holder Timothy Bradley already on the cards.
“I’m glad to be coming home. I’ve had my last two fights in Las Vegas and New York and I know my fans have been dying to see me. There’s going to be a 20,000 full house and it’s going to be a great atmosphere. I can’t wait.” said Khan
The champion is desperate to prove he is the ‘King’ of his weight division and believes that his Irish challenger is not in his class, but also knows that underestimating the 31 year old, undefeated Belfast man would be done so at his peril.
“I’m not underestimating McCloskey (right) but he’s not in my class. I’m a world-class fighter,” said Khan, who returns to the ring following his 2010 fight of the year over tough Argentine Marcos Maidana in December.
“He’s no push over and you know about the Irish they come to fight. But I think I’ve got the tools to beat him and the speed and power to take him out.” he added.
|MACKLIN FIGHT OFF!|
Meanwhile the MEN Arena big fight undercard has been dealt numerous blows over the last couple of days with boxers withdrawing from proposed bouts. Firstly European middleweight champion Matthew Macklin withdrew from his WBA final eliminator fight with Khoren Gevor – It is believed Macklin is very close to getting a direct crack at WBA champ Felix Sturm or IBF ruler Sebastian Sylvester.
|MUNROE ON KHAN UNDERCARD|
Former European super-bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe who recently left promoter Frank Maloney to sign a contract with Hatton Promotions, will now be added to the undercard in his comeback fight since his world title challenge defeat to WBC champion Toshiaki Nishioka in Japan last October.
Going back to McCullough’s April fools day joke – The Irishman was a terrific fighter in his day, this man was as tough as old boots, Ive never seen anyone be hit as hard and often without going down, while coming back for more. He was a true ring warrior and realised his dreams when he won the WBC bantamweight title. And apparently McCullough says he would gladly have taken the fight even at such short notice! but there is no truth in the rumours. A true boxers, boxer is the Pocket Rocket and that’s no April fools joke!