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Insiders Believe De La Hoya's Attack on Sky Hurt Khan

Oscar De La Hoya has burned Amir Khan's bridges with Sky by launching an ill-advised attack on Britain's leading boxing broadcaster.

Khan fell out with Sky and jumped ship to Primetime TV after they decided Saturday's WBA light-welterweight title defence against Paul McCloskey did not merit being on Sky Box Office.

Sky, who had insisted the row was not necessarily damaging in the long term, were proved correct in their call as Khan won with an unfulfilling points triumph after McCloskey suffered an accidental cut in the sixth round.

Khan's promoter De La Hoya was in Manchester trying to carry out a charm offensive in fight week but succeeded only in creating more fires than he put out.

Indeed, the Golden Boy Promotions supremo seemed to essentially kill off any hopes of reconciliation with Sky by throwing his lot in with minor players Primetime.

"Amir is still the WBA champion of the world," said the former six-weight world champion.

"When you have 17,000 people in this arena and it is televised on Primetime, and with the bright future of Amir Khan and the fights he's going to have in the future, I believe Sky made a big mistake.

"We (Golden Boy Promotions) have an extensive library of fights, more than 100 fighters in our stable and most of them are world champions.

"We're going to talk (with Primetime). And we're going to talk soon. I'm going to have my people here in a few weeks to sit down and work something out because they've stuck behind Amir Khan and we appreciate that.

"We know you (Primetime) want to be a player in the boxing world. Well, you have the biggest promoter in the world today right now telling you we're going to work together and that's the bottom line."

Post-fight talk was dominated by McCloskey's demands for a rematch and Khan's promotional team putting out public relations fires but the man himself was happy just to focus on his next assignment, when he bids to add Timothy Bradley's WBC and WBO titles to his own WBA belt.

The 24-year-old said: "My promotional team looks after all that so Oscar is going to go back to America and see what we can do for the unification fight.

"Bradley is a good fighter but that's just going to push me and motivate me. These big fights in the future only make you a better fighter."

A healthy MEN Arena crowd of around 18,000 was left disappointed by referee Luis Pabon's questionable decision to call the fight off on doctor's advice without giving McCloskey's team even one chance to work on the cut.

McCloskey and his promoters Barry and Eddie Hearn from Matchroom were left raging by the decision and called for a rematch. However, as a voluntary defence and with Khan winning every round on the scorecards, their calls will prove to be in vain.

An angry Barry Hearn told Press Association Sport the ending was "the most staggering decision I've ever seen at any ring at any time anywhere in the world" while his son Eddie claimed the British Boxing Board of Control have said they will look into the matter.

Previously-unbeaten European champion McCloskey, now 22-1 (12KOs), expressed his disgust that Khan claimed he actually asked the doctor to stop it.

"I heard that Amir told the radio that I wanted the fight stopped myself. What's that about?" the incredulous Ulsterman said.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by War Dinamita on 04-18-2011

You guys are hypocrites. A lot of you guys were supporting Arum when he did the same thing to HBO earlier in the year and jumped ship to Showtime. DLH didn't really say anything bad about Sky. Sky rejected Khan's…

Comment by Gratide on 04-18-2011

Oscar just said we'll take our business elsewhere if they don't want it , what the big deal ??? as for he fight it only had two more rounds left before it would have been stopped or Khan ko'd him…

Comment by Dan Gutierrez on 04-18-2011

Oscar Dela Hoya's brain got damaged after the Pacman beat the hell out of him when they fought.

Comment by alza1988 on 04-18-2011

They should have got the undercard more stacked man .That was p--h .:boxing:

Comment by No1 on 04-18-2011

[QUOTE=Mr. Blobby;10397756]They were not making a killing with Khan. Khan isn't a big PPV seller, especially against c-level competition. I guarantee that primetime won't be so interested in paying Khan bigger money than Sky in the future when they see…

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