Former WBA and IBF light welterweight champion Amir Khan will make a comeback in December and it looks as if the Brit will be taking on Dungiven light welterweight Paul ‘Dudey’ McCloskey for another time.
Khan defeated McCloskey on a controversial points stoppage in April last year, as a clash between heads of the two resulted in a cut above McCloskey’s eye and after consultation with the ringside doctor the referee stopped the fight.
Khan has lost his titles and now his career is on the brink of failure. The 25-year-old needs to win credible boxer to come back under the main lights and McCloskey is the best option for him at this point in time.
McCloskey’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that Khan’s team has approached him for the fight.
“An approach has been made by Amir’s team to fight Paul in December,” Hearn told World Boxing News.
“Obviously it’s a fight Paul would be interested in so we will see how it plays out.”
The 33-year-old shared his thoughts with the media as well. The pugilist is confident that his rematch with Khan will be a complete sell out.
“It’s early days in the negotiations, but I have always wanted another chance at Khan,” McCloskey explained to World Boxing News.
“This could be it and this fight is the one that the fans want to see.”
Apart from Hearn, the news was also confirmed by McCloskey’s manager Francie McNicholl.
McNicholl told BBC Sport that he was contacted by Khan’s team earlier this week.
“Both parties are serious. The dates being mentioned are 8 or 15 December in Manchester,” said McNicholl.
“If we are looking at either of the December dates, we need to get the fight finalised in the next two weeks because Paul will need a (training) camp of at least eight weeks,” added McNicholl.
“I would expect that something will be decided in the next week.”
Well, all said and done, let’s see if Amir Khan really sets up a fight with Paul McCloskey.