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Wednesday 17 December 2014

Amir Khan v Paul McCloskey: Confident McCloskey has celebrations planned already

Paul McCloskey flexes his muscles during yesterday's weigh-in at The Triangle Centre, Manchester
Paul McCloskey flexes his muscles during yesterday's weigh-in at The Triangle Centre, Manchester
Amir Khan and Paul McCloskey (right) during a press conference in The Grand Hall at Manchester Town Hall, Manchester
Paul McCloskey braves the cold of a cryotherapy chamber in preparation for his fight against Amir Khan
Paul McCloskey during a media call in Manchester's Triangle Shopping Centre
Paul McCloskey has the power to stop Amir Khan, according to Charlie Nash
Paul McCloskey warms up with John Breen for the big WBA light-welterweight battle with Amir Khan
Amir Khan and Paul McCloskey pose for pictures at the Ulster Museum in Belfast, where they promoted their forthcoming world title fight, scheduled for Manchester’s MEN Arena on April 16
Amir Khan (left) and Paul McCloskey

Paul McCloskey is so confident of ripping the World title away from Amir Khan this evening that his camp have already prepared a victory party tomorrow night in Dungiven.

The unbeaten light-welterweight shoots for glory at Manchester's MEN Arena against all the odds when he steps up to face WBA World champion Khan, who has already set up his next defence on July 23 in Las Vegas.

McCloskey's team have no doubt that he can pull off one of the biggest shocks in the history of Ulster boxing and then head home to celebrate in style with the World title belt around his waist.

Seeking to follow in the illustrious footsteps of the likes of John Caldwell, Dave McAuley, Barry McGuigan and Wayne McCullough, the European champion is ready to seize the moment.

“This is my time, this is my moment and I can't wait. I have no doubt that I have the tools to beat Amir Khan,” said McCloskey.

“I think it's great that he has set up his next fight, maybe he's looking past me. Whether he is or not I know that I am in the best shape possible and he has weaknesses that I intend to exploit.

“You saw in his last fight against Marcos Maidana that he took a lot of punches and like any fighter if you get caught right, you'll go.

“I feel so relaxed and confident and I'm ready to produce the performance I need to be champion.

“I could tell you ten different ways of how to beat Khan but on the night you have to deal with what you have to.

“I can adapt my style but I don't think Khan is able to do that.

“Of course he's world champion but I know I can do it.”

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