Boxing – McCloskey v Khan Off

Derry’s Paul McCloskey will not get the chance to fight WBA light-welterweight title holder Amir Khan after a break down in negotiations on Thursday.  It was reported this week that both parties had agreed in principal to fight on 16th April in Manchester’s MEN Arena. McCloskey’s promoter Barry Hearn said “The deals placed on the table were an insult to Paul, an undefeated fighter and a European champion”.

The major disagreements between the two camps appear to have been over the percentage share of ticket sales commission and pay-per-view revenue.Hearn added "We have a huge fight lined up for Paul at the King's Hall in the spring and who knows, down the line he could face Amir as a world champion himself in a 50-50 split fight."