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Khan-McCloskey Talks Underway
Posted by Jamie Mitchell on 01.14.2011

Photo by Gene Blevins - Hoganphotos / GBP

Speaking to BBC Five Live, Amir Khan hopes to secure an April 16th fight in the coming days, with Northern Ireland's Paul McCloskey (22-0, 12 KO) a potential opponent.

The WBA light-welterweight champion stated that his management was "looking at all the options", with the unbeaten European king at 140lbs being considered by Khan's camp.

"He [McCloskey] approached us. He's an undefeated fighter. I'm happy to take the fight… The next level for him is world title and I'd like to take the fight on. He's a good fighter."

It was originally mooted that Khan would be tackling Lamont Peterson in April, but talks stalled on the American's apparently excessive financial demands to face the Bolton boxer. This latest setback has led Khan to explore shores nearer to home, to find a dance partner, before he attempts to land a unification showdown with the winner of the January 29th bout between WBO champ Timothy Bradley and WBC & IBF titlist Devon Alexander.

McCloskey confirmed that negotiations have commenced with Khan's representatives for what would be in intriguing clash of styles, due to the Ulsterman's southpaw stance.

"They want the fight so it will be easy enough for me to take it," McCloskey said. "My style against Amir's could lead to an exciting fight.

"I am a European champion and I am ready to jump onto the next level."

The pair have been communicating on Twitter, where Khan has stated that he "wants to get it on with McCloskey", with Machester's MEN Arena the likely venue.


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