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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.