BoxRec News is reporting that the April 16 fight in Manchester between Amir Khan and Paul McCloskey is likely to be removed from the schedule of Sky Box Office, the pay-per-view version of Sky Sports, as promoters have failed to secure a suitable co-feature fight for the card. This comes after an accepted middleweight fight between Matthew Macklin and Khoren Gevor was canceled, and an apparent abandonment of talks to match UK heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury with former world champion Hasim Rahman.
Currently, Sky Sports' web site is not even listening Khan-McCloskey on their upcoming schedule, but the BoxRec News article suggests that Khan-McCloskey would simply air on regular Sky Sports. The fight will air in the United States on tape delay that night on HBO, paired with a live fight between Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz.
If true, can U.S. fans imagine this ever happening with a major PPV event here? Generally speaking, while the major event undercards are rarely anything special in the States, they do have "acceptable" fights and matchups, and our biggest beef is generally that the fights are simply better suited to something like Friday Night Fights. But can you imagine if, say, Pacquiao-Margarito was moved over to regular old HBO if the Rigondeaux-Cordoba fight was called off last November? It's such a foreign concept to me. But then so is paying £15 for a pay-per-view, I guess.