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.”