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Breen: Time to make a genuine purse offer, Khan

Paul McCloskey’s coach John Breen has called on Amir Khan to make the European light-welterweight champion a serious offer.

McCloskey’s hopes of taking on Khan for his WBA World title are virtually over, even though there have been some further talks between both camps.

But the purse being offered to McCloskey remains the major sticking point as, in the words of Barry Hearn, “it is peanuts”.

But Breen believes the fight can still be made for April 16 at the MEN Arena, Manchester as Khan seems to be no closer to securing any challenger.

Breen said: “If Amir Khan is really serious about making the fight with Paul then he should come out and make a proper offer.

“There has been some more talk and some suggestion of extra money but only on the condition of how many pay per view buys there would be, which is not good enough.

“Paul should be paid what he is worth and the Khan camp are not offering that at the moment.

“Time is running out and if they are serious, the fight can be made but only at the right price.”

Promoter Barry Hearn says he is already looking at securing the Dungiven man an eliminator for a shot at the WBC World title or a high profile fight that would elevate McCloskey to the number one position in the WBA, thereby forcing Khan to fight him.

Breen added: “Even if Khan’s people do not come up with a good enough offer, I’ve no doubt that Paul McCloskey will box for a world title this year.

“Khan is the big fight everyone wants to see, I’ve had a lot of people come up to me asking if it’s going to happen and if they can get a ticket but Paul has other options and if he were to win the WBC title then a fight with Khan would be even bigger.”

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