Paul McCloskey Confident: "I Know I Can Beat Amir Khan"

By Mark Vester

European light welterweight champion Paul McCloskey (22-0, 12KOs) is feeling pretty good about his chances to defeat WBA junior welterweight title-holder Amir Khan (24-1, 17KOs). The two are in talks to possibly fight on April 16 at the MEN Arena in Manchester. During a recent appearance on BBC Radio, Khan said his frontrunner opponent, Lamont Peterson, had priced himself out by asking for a "huge number."

McCloskey, at number five, is actually ranked higher than Peterson in the WBA's top ten. He hopes a deal can be reached in the next 24 to 48 hours.

“I’m very hopeful now that the fight can be made. It’s a fight I have wanted for some time and I have earned the right to fight Khan the traditional way by winning the British and European titles and I’m unbeaten. I think the next 24 to 48 hours are going to be very exciting, we should hopefully know if the fight will happen. It would be a great fight for the public and I know that I can beat him,” McCloskey said to the Belfast Telegraph.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by STREET CLEANER on 01-14-2011

Another fighter that the first thing that they looked at was their KO record. Plus Paul is slow as shiit

Comment by benjyyy on 01-14-2011

McCloskey does throw a mean uppercut though and going by the Maidana fight, thats probably his best chance of hurting Khan

Comment by Funtime on 01-14-2011

McCloskey is better thn people are giving him credit for. He has an awkward style and has a decent punch on him. He wont be coming to role over and will be putting his heart and soul into it as…

Comment by gingeralbino on 01-14-2011

McCloskey's chin has looked good so far, but it hasnt been tested anywhere near like its gonna be against Khan. Ive a feeling he'll be able to take a good beating, he's got a lot of heart. WAR McCloskey!!!

Comment by FloydTBE on 01-14-2011

[QUOTE=wazaa.;9956443]Anybody named [B][U]F a g[/U][/B]an shouldn't be taken seriously.[/QUOTE] he certianly didnt show any degree of skills or any irish fight n determination. khan by KO inside 6 rounds against paul

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