Dungiven boxer Paul McCloskey looks set to meet WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan at the MEN Arena in Manchester in April.
The 31-year-old European champion is unbeaten in 22 professional fights and believes that he can take the crown from the English fighter.
“I have wanted this fight for a while now and I believe I can beat him. I also believe on my day I can beat anybody in the world,” McCloskey told the Belfast Telegraph.
Khan is viewing the bout as a “warm up” for a unification fight with the winner of the Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander bout on January 29th. the former is the current WBO light-welterweight champion, while Alexander holds the WBC belt. However, Khan is not taking the Irish man lightly.
“He’s an undefeated fighter. I’m happy to take the fight on,” he told the BBC. “The next level for him is world title and I’m to take the fight on. He’s a good fighter.”