McCloskey returns to hero’s welcome

Irishman Paul McCloskey returned home to a hero’s welcome on Monday evening despite being able to wrest the title from WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan.

Thousands of people lined the streets of his hometown Dungiven to cheer the title challenger after a disappointing end to the bout at Mancehster’s MEN Arena on Saturday night.

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Khan vs McCloskey pictures

Pictures from last Saturday night’s controversial points win for Amir Khan at the MEN Arena in Manchester. The fight went to the cards after a clash of heads opened up a cut above challenger Paul McCloskey’s eye in the sixth round and all three judges had Khan winning 60-54.

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Amir Khan vs Paul McCloskey
Saturday 16 April, 8pm, Primetime (Sky channel 480 & Virgin On Demand)

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Khan vs McCloskey weigh-in pictures

Amir Khan and Paul McCloskey came together for the last time ahead of their title fight at the MEN Arena tomorrow night, when the pair met at the weigh-in earlier this afternoon.

Khan and McCloskey took to the scales in the Triangle Shopping Centre in front of hundreds of fans as the pre-fight excitement reached fever pitch. Both men made the weight with ease, coming in at 139lbs for the light-welterweight contest.

McCloskey: ‘My fans will drown out Khan’s Army’

Paul McCloskey has backed his fans to out sing the home support on Saturday night when the Irishman goes to war with Amir Khan for the WBA light-welterweight belt.

McCloskey has a large following in his hometown of Dungiven in Northern Ireland and saw hundreds line the streets last week to send him off in true Irish fashion with a procession and marching band.

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Hatton: ‘Come and support Khan’

Ring veteran Ricky Hatton has urged fans to get behind Amir Khan ahead of his title defence against Irishman Paul McCloskey on April 16 as Sky switch the bout to its subscriber channel.

Khan wants Manchester players at ringside

With Amir Khan fighting on the same night as the all-Manchester FA Cup semi-final, the Bolton boxer said he would love to see the players at ringside for his bout with Paul McCloskey.

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Crolla vs Rees added to Khan undercard

British lightweight champion Anthony Crolla is now lined up to face former WBA light-welterweight champion Gavin Rees on the April 16 ‘King Khan Returns’ card taking place at the MEN Arena in Manchester.

‘Million Dollar’ Crolla dazzled in his last outing, knocking out John Watson in the ninth round to claim the British lightweight title, but in Rees he now faces his toughest test to date stepping in against a former world champion who has only tasted defeat once in his 35 fight career.

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Macklin added to Khan vs McCloskey bill

Having missed out on a dream Las Vegas debut against veteran Winky Wright, Matthew Macklin has landed himself a world title eliminator on the undercard of Amir Khan vs Paul McCloskey on April 16.

Khan: ‘Bradley’s been cheating’

WBA light-welterweight king Amir Khan has accused fellow title-holder Tim Bradley of ‘cheating’ his way to the belts.

Khan, who defends his title at the MEN Arena in Manchester against European champion Paul McCloskey in April, told Boxing Futures that a division decider with Tim Bradley would be his next duty after getting through Irishman McCloskey.

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