By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR KHAN is waiting on the approval of Sky Sports for Paul McCloskey to be his next opponent in Manchester on April 16.
The Bolton boxer turned to Northern Irishman McCloskey as a challenger for his next world title defence following the collapse in negotiations with American Lamont Peterson.
Khan, 24, claims Peterson has priced himself out of challenging him at the MEN Arena in Manchester.
Both WBA light-welterweight champion Khan and European king McCloskey – ranked No 5 by the WBA – are both willing to meet next.
But Sky TV must now decide if McCloskey is a big enough name for the fight to be a pay-per-view event.
Aussie lightweight Michael Katsidis, who destroyed Londoner Kevin Mitchell in May – and American Victor Ortiz – are also possible opponents.
Khan’s manager Asif Vali said: “If Sky and American broadcaster HBO agree, we can do the McCloskey fight. It’s up to them. Peterson’s demands were too excessive.
“Ortiz and Katsidis and a couple of other Americans are the other options.”
Carl Froch will defend his WBC super-middleweight title against Jamaican veteran Glenn Johnson in either Nottingham, Montreal or Las Vegas.
Froch said: “I’m looking at May 21 and I’m going to push to have it in England. Of my last four fights, only one was at home and that was at 3 o’clock in the morning.”