Paul McCloskey has guaranteed his loyal fans victory when he faces Breidis Prescott at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Saturday night.
McCloskey and Prescott clash in a WBA Light Welterweight title eliminator live on Sky Sports and also streamed live on ESPN3.com. The pair weighed in at the historic Titanic Dock’s Pump House in Northern Ireland’s capital, and they were both in confident mood ahead of tomorrow night’s showdown.
“I guarantee I’ll beat Breidis,” said McCloskey. “His win over Khan was three years ago – the Amir Khan I fought is streets ahead of the one that he fought, and I lived with that Amir Khan for six rounds and would have gone on as long as he wanted.
“I’ll outbox Breidis – he can try to get into my head about running or spoiling or whatever, but the bottom line is I’m a better boxer and I will beat him with my boxing skill.”
Prescott countered: “McCloskey needs to be very prepared for it as he is not getting past the sixth round and I don’t want him to come and hide as usual, he has to fight – the people have paid to watch a fight and that’s what they’ll get. But he’s getting knocked out, no question.
“I’m excited to be over here and I’m very well prepared for Saturday. He’s never been in the ring with anyone as powerful as me, I don’t want to fight a “bicycle fight” – hugging and dancing in the ring – I want to fight Paul McCloskey not Lance Armstrong.”
Chief support is provided by Carl Frampton and Mark Quon’s clash for the vacant Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title, with Eamonn O’Kane, Marc McCullough, Liam Hutchinson, Luke Wilton and Dee Taggart also in action.
Card and weights:
12 x 3 mins WBA World Light-Welterweight Championship Eliminator
PAUL McCLOSKEY (9st 13lb 12oz) v BREIDIS PRESCOTT (9st 13lb 6oz)
12 x 3 Vacant Commonwealth Super Bantamweight Championship
CARL FRAMPTON (8st 9lb 4oz) v MARK QUON (8st 9lb 4oz)
8 x 3 mins Middleweight Contest
EAMONN O’KANE (11st 7lb 12oz) v JOE REA (11st 8lb 14oz)
6 x 3 mins Flyweight Contest
LUKE WILTON (8st 2lb 2oz) v ARPAD VASS (8st 4lb 6oz)
4 x 3 mins Featherweight Contest
MARC McCULLOUGH (9st 1lb 2oz) v DAI DAVIES (9st 1lb)
4 x 3 mins Welterweight Contest
LIAM HUTCHINSON (10st 11lb 12oz) v ARRON FOX (11st 1lb 4oz)
4 x 3 mins Lightweight Contest
DAMIAN TAGGART v SID RAZAK
Tickets for Paul McCloskey vs. Breidis Prescott plus full undercard featuring Carl Frampton vs. Mark Quon for the vacant Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title are available priced between at £30-£150 (tickets may be subject to service charge) and available from the Odyssey Arena Box Office on 02890 73 9074, Ticketmaster 0844 277 4455 (24 hour). Tickets are also available in person from the Odyssey Arena Box Office, at Ticketmaster outlets, and online from www.ticketmaster.ie .