Amir Khan Aims To Batter McCloskey as Bradley Nears

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

CHAMPION Amir Khan is ­determined to put the wow factor into his ­performance against Paul McCloskey in ­Manchester tonight.

Amir Khan makes the fourth defence of his WBA world light-­welterweight title against the unbeaten Ulsterman at the MEN Arena.

And, with a unification bout against WBC and WBO champion Tim Bradley already pencilled in for Las Vegas on July 23, Khan ­intends to turn in a dazzling ­performance.

He said: “I have to impress against McCloskey because, when I go to the Bradley fight, I want everybody to have ­confidence in me.

“There will be nothing better than going into a fight like that on the back of the kind of ­performance that left everyone talking about how good it was.”

Khan’s latest victory came against gritty Argentinian ace Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas when he battled his way to a unanimous points win.

And he added: “Like the ­Maidana fight, the Bradley one will be 50-50 because you will have two guys who are the top in the division.

“A lot of people think Bradley will win because he is unbeaten but beating McCloskey will give me even more confidence.

“McCloskey is no joke. He is ­undefeated, European ­champion and the next step up for him is a world title. I am giving him that chance.”

Khan, 24, is taking the threat of McCloskey, 31, so seriously that he deliberately chose sparring partners who would severely test him at his training camp.

He said: “I have been having some really hard sparring ­sessions that have reminded me of being in the trenches against Maidana.

“I had to dig deep to survive ­because they never took it easy on me.

“I deliberately went down that course because I know he is the kind of fighter who will always come back at you and try to knock your head off.

“I had really tough sparring partners both in Los Angeles and the Philippines. We had some real wars and the people watching were really excited by it.

“But you have to do that ­because, at the end of the day, you have to treat your sparring like a fight ­because it is all so serious.

“By doing it the way I do it, you don’t go into the ring on fight night thinking it is going to be easy.

“I get hardened up with my sparring and that is the kind of challenge I want.”

McCloskey, a clear underdog with the bookies, believes the time is right for him to relieve Khan of his world crown.

He said: “In boxing terms, Amir is the biggest name out there – but I think I am getting this fight at the perfect time.

“You have to bear in mind that he took a lot of punishment in the Maidana fight, more than he would have expected to take.

“There was a lot of damage done in that fight by Maidana, who is a tough boy.

“But Maidana wasn’t cute enough to take him out – I am!”

PREDICTION: I can’t see McCloskey coping with the speed and power of Khan, who I can see finishing off his ­challenger quickly – perhaps even in the first!

THE Khan-McCloskey fight will be shown live on Primetime Channel 480 on Sky and streamed on from 8pm. To watch, call 0871 200 4444.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by J Dubb II 330 on 04-16-2011

Nah its weak. Going back to your home town for a for sure easy win. Should had pushed his date back to fight Bradley, but he's not fighting him anyways

Comment by right hand jab on 04-16-2011

[QUOTE=J Dubb II 330;10382767]still don't understand why he is fighting this dude, lost money on it, no ppv or even sky sports, possible wake up call for taking weak fights, so I hope it back fires[/QUOTE] This really isn't that…

Comment by J Dubb II 330 on 04-16-2011

still don't understand why he is fighting this dude, lost money on it, no ppv or even sky sports, possible wake up call for taking weak fights, so I hope it back fires

Comment by LeadUppercut on 04-15-2011

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;10381284]CHAMPION Amir Khan is *determined to put the wow factor into his *performance against Paul McCloskey in *Manchester tonight. [[URL=]Click Here To Read More[/URL]][/QUOTE] Amir's speed is gonna give McCloskey nightmares in this fight. If Paul can survive early, adapt…

Comment by vicmatic1 on 04-15-2011

handle your business so you can fight timmy

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