Amir Khan takes on Paul McCloskey today in Manchester. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Today at 3pm EDT on Primetime in the UK, Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KO) battles Paul McCloskey (22-0, 12 KO) in a junior welterweight 12-rounder. Bad Left Hook will be here with the live coverage and results. The fight does air later on tape delay in the U.S. on HBO, following the Berto-Ortiz fight. That show will go on at 9:45 pm EDT, and we'll have live coverage of Berto-Ortiz, followed by live coverage of Lopez-Salido on Showtime. That broadcast begins at 10:30pm EDT with the co-feature bout betweenand Martin Honorio.
Confused yet? Let's break it down this way. Here's our live coverage today:
3pm EDT: Amir Khan v. Paul McCloskey (Live from the UK)
9:45pm EDT: Andre Berto v. Victor Ortiz (HBO)
sometime past 11pm EDT: Juan Manuel Lopez v. Orlando Salido (SHO)
Here's a bit from our preview of the fight:
I don't mean to sound insulting or dismissive when I say this, but this fight reminds me a lot more of Khan-Dmitriy Salita than it does Khan-Prescott or Khan-Maidana. At best, this fight might look like Khan-Malignaggi. McCloskey is not a special fighter, just a credible fighter. He's good, but is nowhere near Khan's class of talent. ... Khan fought like he had something to prove against Maidana, or to put it another way, Khan fought recklessly and at times a bit stupidly against Maidana. I don't think he's trying to prove anything against McCloskey. He's established now. He's coming to fight and to win, and to do so convincingly, I don't think he'll have to do anything more than use what God and Freddie Roach (not necessarily in that order) have given him. Pick: Amir Khan TKO-7
On the undercard:
Rendall Munroe (21-2, 9 KO) takes on featherweight fringe contender Andrei Isaeu (23-2, 7 KO), and in middleweight action, Martin Murray (21-0, 8 KO) faces John Anderson Carvalho (21-4-1, 11 KO).