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McCloskey: I'm Going After The Man Amir Couldn't Beat

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

Paul McCloskey will face Breidis Prescott in an eliminator for the WBA light-welterweight title at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on ­September 10.

It marks a return to action for the Dungiven fighter after his world ­title challenge against Amir Khan in Manchester on April 16 ended in controversy.

The fight was stopped in the sixth round after McCloskey, 31, suffered a cut in a clash of heads. The Khan loss is the sole blemish on McCloskey’s 23-fight record, with Prescott the ­perfect opponent to get back on track against because he is the only man to have defeated Bolton star Khan.

“We’re going for the man that Amir couldn’t beat,” said McCloskey.

“I could’ve gone for an easier fight but I don’t feel like a beaten fighter, so why should I go for ­anything but the best?

“Breidis Prescott is as tough an ­opponent as you could ask for but I want to fight the best fighters out there.

“I’m not looking to chase Khan for the rest of my career – I want to be a world champion.

“I’ll fight anyone to reach that goal and I know I belong at world level.

“The support in Manchester was such a boost on the night, and on September 10 there will be twice as many inside the Odyssey Arena, so it’s going to be something special.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Weebler I on 07-23-2011

Amir is the man you couldn't beat Paul, you could barely land a punch.

Comment by CarlosG815 on 07-23-2011

McCloskey is acting like he had a chance in that fight. He looked like a poor mans wanna be Hamed. That guy was a joke and proved to the world that he did not belong on the elite level with…

Comment by russtnailz on 07-23-2011

Cant say I'm a big fan of Mccloskey, his style makes for boring fights. Its right also that after the cut he pretty much gave up and was happy for the ref to stop it, though he says different now…

Comment by johnm is... on 07-23-2011

[QUOTE=LoveForBoxing;10883771]different fight completley different referee, judge's and bererra wanted to continue where as mcloskey was very negative and never said a word to the referee he should of been able to continue but it wasn't, the corner should of had…

Comment by Pinoy4ever on 07-23-2011

And he is going down like Khan did.

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