HBO's Rejection of Witter Led To Khan-McCloskey

By Phil D. Jay

It was anounced on Saturday that WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan had finally reached an agreement with an opponent for his fourth world title defence on April 16th at the MEN Arena in Manchester, with Paul McCloskey putting pen to paper after lengthy negotiations.

It was thought that former WBC champion Junior Witter was in pole position, but he was rejected by American TV network HBO as a credible opponent, which allowed the undefeated Irishman the chance to re-negotiate the terms he had already scoffed at.

Khan, 24, will be relieved to finally have a challenger inked for the clash in late spring and will hope to inflict the European champion’s first defeat in 23 bouts, when the pair meet in an Irish-English battle, to be shown on Sky Box Office.

The former Olympic silver medallist has just one loss his 25-fight record and will look to face newly-unified champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley in the United States this summer, to try and add the WBC and WBO belts to his WBA version.

Phil D. Jay covers the boxing scene for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by badnewsbrown on 02-07-2011

fact is even a washed up witter is better than mccloskey and much more dangerous

Comment by -GDS- on 02-07-2011

JWW is just too deep to justify fighting Witter. You don't have to try hard to find someone better than him at this point.

Comment by Eastbay Giant on 02-07-2011

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;10066375]American TV havent really wanted to touch Witter since his debacle against Zab[/QUOTE] He got beat by both Bradley and Alexander on Showtime, which makes him even less attractive to HBO. Plus Witter is long in the tooth.…

Comment by UglyPug on 02-07-2011

wow, the ignorance of peeps comparing khan to prince naz. totally different pugilists, in and outside the ring. anyway, this fight never was meant to be anything other then a stay busy and tune up. Khan won't have any problems…

Comment by Phatfarm1980 on 02-06-2011

[QUOTE=studentofthegam;10067250] The only thing that will play out is the fact that Khan is the second coming of Naseem Hamed and that aint a good thing to me.[/QUOTE] What the hell are you talking about? Aside from race and religion,…

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