Paul McCloskey is closing in on a second shot at a world title as Matchroom Sport put the finishing touches to his proposed clash with IBO world welterweight champion, Chris van Heerden this week.
The South African’s manager and trainer, Peter Smith last night revealed he expects a contract between the two parties to be completed within the next seven days.
Smith has been in ongoing negotiations with McCloskey’s representatives, Matchroom and believes a deal is imminent.
“We’re expecting the contract to be signed within a week,” said the South African.
“They are drawing up the contract now so it should be done soon.
“We’re pretty much still waiting but we expect an announcement this week.
“In the next day or so I will be receiving a call from Matchroom to tell us exactly where we stand with regards to an agreement but everything looks good,” he added.
And although Smith is wary about the threat McCloskey poses, he believes it’s the best possible fight to give van Heerden maximum exposure in Europe.
“I’ve been a professional fighter almost all my life and I know the best exposure for Chris is to go to Europe.
“Chris has done his work in South Africa and I told him we need to go to Europe - that’s our main aim at this stage.
“We see Paul as a worthy opponent,” he continued. “We are not going to underestimate Paul. From what I’ve seen he is a talented fighter.
“He has a reputable record so I don’t think he would be where he’s at if he wasn’t a good fighter.
“I think this fight could be a risk for Chris for two reasons. One, because of where Paul is in terms of his career. He’s trying to make that breakthrough at world level again. And with two southpaws fighting each other it gives a different dimension to the fight game.
“We know we will be up against it so we look at him as a bit of a threat to Chris’ title.”