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Khan: McCloskey Beats Prescott Easy, But Not Maidana

By Rick Reeno

On September 10 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, junior welterweights Paul McCloskey (22-1, 12KOs) and Breidis Prescott (24-2, 19KOs) will collide in a WBA final eliminator. The WBA's super champion at 140-pounds, Amir Khan, has faced both boxers in the past. Prescott handed Khan his only career blemish in 2009, with a first round knockout in 54-seconds. This past April, Khan won a six round technical decision over McCloskey. The fight was stopped early after a clash of heads opened up a bad cut on McCloskey.

Khan expects McCloskey to easily outbox Prescott. Regardless of the winner, securing a mandatory fight with Khan is not that simple. The winner of that eliminator will first have to face the WBA's "regular" champion at 140, Marcos Maidana, who defends that title against Robert Guerrero on August 27th. Khan, who won a tough decision over Maidana last December, picks the hard puncher from Argentina to beat both McCloskey and Prescott.

"I think it's a good fight. I think McCloskey will beat Prescott and I think that just means that he's a better fighter. I think he'll beat him quite easily and I think [McCloskey] is taking the fight, maybe just to get to me. I heard that it's a WBA eliminator or something, but first he has beat Marcos Maidana [to get to me] and I don't think either one of them could beat Marcos Maidana to get to me. [The winner has to face Maidana] because I'm the super champion," Khan told BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ringlife on 07-20-2011

I like Amir Khan as a fighter but he really needs to shout his mouth about Prescott .Because Prescott blitz him in one round if I was Prescott I would be showing up at his press conference and would tell…

Comment by sam1990 on 07-20-2011

People under estimate Prescott's reach. His reach is the main reason he ****ed Khan up. They say he lost to Vasquez and Mitchell... I don't know about Vasquez but Mitchell is a good fighter and will be on the world…

Comment by lutenco on 07-20-2011

They are overlooking GUERRERO!!!

Comment by rckdees on 07-20-2011

yeah it's obvious khan wants no parts of prescott or maidana. if they were to meet for an eliminator bout for either of his belts he would be on the first train smoking to the 147. that's assuming that he…

Comment by visionary247 on 07-20-2011

Khan looks like he's hell-bent on putting up obstacles between him and a Prescott rematch. Prescott must sure punch real hard!

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