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Amir Khan is Still Hoping To Get Over on Ricky Hatton

Amir Khan may not have had the chance to face Ricky Hatton in the ring but he is hoping to get one over the former world champion on the football field.

Khan defends his WBA light-welterweight title for the fourth time against Northern Irishman Paul McCloskey in Manchester on Saturday and is then hoping to make it a double celebration when his beloved Bolton take on Stoke in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley on Sunday.

The 24-year-old is an avid supporter of his home-town team and victory this weekend would send the Trotters into a final clash with either Manchester United or Manchester City, who can count Hatton among their famous fans.

Khan said: "If Manchester City and Bolton get through, you'll have me in one corner and Ricky Hatton in the other corner. Me and Ricky were speaking about it the other day. I think that's the closest we're ever going to get to putting the gloves on."

Khan is not yet sure whether he will be able to make it to Wembley to cheer on Owen Coyle's team but he is confident they will secure a final spot for the first time since winning the cup in 1958.

"I've had a few friends who've said we'll get a helicopter there and watch the game but it just depends how I feel," said Khan. "I really want to be there but I have confidence in the team. I really hope they can get to the final and I'll get to enjoy that."

After tough wins over Paulie Malignaggi and Marcos Maidana in his last two fights, Khan is expected to have little trouble making it 25 victories from 26 professional fights against unbeaten McCloskey.

The former Olympic silver medallist will be aware, though, that his only previous loss - to Breidis Prescott in September in 2008 - came when he was a heavy favourite.

Khan yesterday insisted following a workout at Manchester's Triangle shopping centre there is no chance of him underestimating McCloskey, saying: "I can't take my eyes off the prize because I know he's going to come ready and he's going to come to win.

"We have to be more focused and more prepared for this fight because there's more for me to lose."

Following the Prescott loss, questions were raised about the strength of Khan's chin, but McCloskey does not believe that is a particular weakness of the world champion.

The 31-year-old said: "Anybody when they get hit right will get knocked out, simple as that. The punches that knocked Amir out were big punches.

"If I land the right shots, I'll do damage, but I'm just focusing on what I do best, and that's boxing."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Stanly Ketchel on 04-13-2011

[QUOTE=CymruAmByth;10368897]"After tough wins over Paulie Malignaggi..." Is that a joke?[/QUOTE] I was thinkning the exact same damn thing. Paulie Malignaggi, Paul McCloskey, the legend of a mere continues to grow

Comment by CymruAmByth on 04-13-2011

"After tough wins over Paulie Malignaggi..." Is that a joke?

Comment by vxrandall on 04-13-2011

slow news day huh?

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