This Saturday Amir Khan fights Paul McCloskey in defence of his World Title at Manchester’s MEN Arena; a contest that has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Firstly Sky Sports dropped the fight from Box Office to Sky Sports 3, and then Khan’s team became increasingly unhappy before jumping ship altogether to Primetime TV.
I know Paul from my time in Belfast when he flew me over for two weeks sparring just before he won the European Title and he is a good fighter.
He was a world class amateur just like Amir but is yet to fight a world class opponent in the professional ring. Yet despite this he has won British and European titles and has earned his shot at Amir.
It should be a better fight than people expect and if Paul can handle Amir’s speed he has a chance.
On the same night on the other side of the Atlantic another World title fight is taking place, with WBC champion Andre Berto fighting Victor Ortiz. I would love to fight the winner or loser of this fight – and was in line to fight Ortiz last year but his team chose to fight Lamont Peterson instead.
So all in all I am looking forward to an evening of action, it could and should be a riveting night.
I am eligible to fight all four fighters and they can’t avoid me forever.
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