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Frank Warren on Khan-McCloskey, Hatton, Maynard, More

By Frank Warren

AMIR KHAN'S WBA title defense against Paul McCloskey ended in farce last weekend - inside the ring at least.

Khan retained his light-welterweight title after McCloskey was cut in the sixth.

Although it was an unsatisfactory way for things to finish, there was only ever going to be one winner.

Khan's decision to switch the fight from Sky Sports to pay-per-view channel Primetime was described as commercial suicide.

But there were 60,000 buys - three times as many as Carl Froch ever got on Primetime.

As for the fight itself, I've seen worse cuts but the doctor and referee were well within their rights to call it off.

I fear, however, that if Khan faces Timothy Bradley next, it will be a tough fight for him.

Something's not been quite right for the last couple of fights, and that's a worry.

If the Bradley fight doesn't happen, one option might be to move up to welterweight and take on Victor Ortiz, who had a good win over Andre Berto last week.

But Khan has to choose his next move carefully - because he isn't the Amir most knowledgeable observers once knew.

The big fights keep on coming.

After DeGale-Groves, I've brokered another domestic superfight.

Euro lightweight champ John Murray will take on former world title challenger Kevin Mitchell, probably in July.

More than it’s worth

EX-champ Ricky Hatton confirmed last week his time as a boxer is over.

Yet two days later he was linked to a fight with Erik Morales after apparently talking money with Oscar De La Hoya.

Both men would be putting their health on the line, rather than just pride. Still money talks.

Samantha Maynard RIP

MY young press officer Richard Maynard - one of the most respected and liked people in the business - lost his wife Samantha to cancer this week.

She was a true fighter. Everyone in boxing sends their condolences.

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