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Amir Khan 'happy' to fight Paul McCloskey

Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana
Khan's last title defence was against Marcos Maidana in December

Amir Khan says he hopes his next fight can be arranged in the "next few days" and that Northern Ireland's Paul McCloskey could be his opponent.

WBA light-welterweight champion Khan told BBC 5 live his management was "looking at all the options".

Speaking of McCloskey, the European champion at 140lb, Khan said: "He approached us. He's an undefeated fighter. I'm happy to take the fight."

The Bolton-born boxer restated his aim of unifying the division this year.

He wants to fight the winner of the forthcoming bout between the US fighters Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander on 29 January.

Bradley is the WBO light-welterweight champion and Alexander holds the WBC belt.


In the meantime, Khan, 24, says a match with Dungiven's McCloskey at the MEN Arena in Manchester on 16 April is likely.

"The next level for him is world title and I'd like to take the fight on. He's a good fighter," Khan said.

A fight with Khan's original choice of opponent, American Lamont Peterson, fell through.

Khan said Peterson had demanded "a huge figure - just too much money" to appear.

Paul McCloskey believes a deal for him to face WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan is "very close" to being agreed

The 31-year-old McCloskey, who is unbeaten in 22 fights, confirmed negotiations have started between the two camps.

"They want the fight so it will be easy enough for me to take it," he said. "My style against Amir's could lead to an exciting fight.

"I am a European champion and I am ready to jump onto the next level."

McCloskey won the European crown by defeating Spain's Daniel Rasilla in 2009 and has defended his title twice.

The pair have been communicating on Twitter with Khan stating that he "wants to get it on with McCloskey".

see also
McCloskey may be set for Khan bid
13 Jan 11 |  Boxing
Khan targeting unification fight
17 Dec 10 |  Boxing
Champion Khan wins Vegas thriller
12 Dec 10 |  Boxing

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