PAUL McCLOSKEY’s promoters, Matchroom Sports will today announce hard-punching Colombian, Breidis Prescott as the Dungiven man’s opponent for his September 10th return to the ring at the Odyssey Arena, it is understood.
SIMON COLLINS reports
‘Dudey’s opponent will be revealed at the Belfast venue this morning and promoter Eddie Hearn is promising an exciting match-up for the Co. Derry man’s highly anticipated return.
McCloskey is aiming to get back on the trail of a world title shot after his controversial stoppage by WBA champion, Amir Khan in April and Prescott - the only man to defeat the Bolton boxer - was believed to be close to finalising a deal last night.
McCloskey’s manager, Francie McNicholl was unable to confirm the identity of ‘Dudey’s opponent, however, he did reveal that contracts for the fight, which will be screened live on Sky Sports, were close to being completed.
In the aftermath of McCloskey’s bitter feud with Khan and during an ill-tempered post fight Press Conference at the MEN Arena in Manchester last April, Khan goaded the Dungiven southpaw when challenging him to fight “every fighter I’ve fought and beat,’ before he would even consider granting a re-match.
However, McCloskey plans on taking that challenge a step further when attempting to defeat the only man to stop the WBA champion should both parties agree terms.
The proposed contest with the 28 year-old Colombian (24-2-0) - which could be elevated to a WBA interim title fight - would be considered the perfect move for both boxers as they have unfinished business with Khan and feel they deserve another shot at a major belt.
At present the interim crown is held by Argentine, Marcos Maidana, but he will be installed as ‘regular’ champion if he defeats Robert Guerrero on August 27th depending on the outcome of Khan’s unification with Zab Judah this weekend.
“We haven’t fully finalised everything,” said McNicholl. “Obviously we know who we think it’s going to be but at this present stage we haven’t a signed contract. We’re waiting on a call to say that it’s done.
“There’ll definitely be an announcement on Tuesday but we’re waiting on a contract coming back from the fighter first. That’s the situation at the minute. Providing that things fall into place.”
Ticket details for the September 10th fight at the Odyssey Arena will also be released today, while a top class undercard is to be announced soon.