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Amir Khan vs Paul McCloskey rematch being discussed for December

Amir Khan might rematch Paul McCloskey in December, a year and a half after a one-sided fight that ended in a technical decision in Khan's favor.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

BBC Sport reports that there has been talk between the camps of Amir Khan and Paul McCloskey for a rematch on December 8 or 15 in Manchester, a year and a half after they first met in a sloppy, rather one-sided affair that went Khan's way on a technical decision.

McCloskey's manager Francie McNicholl told BBC Sport that he was contacted by "Khan's people" earlier this week.

"Both parties are serious. The dates being mentioned are 8 or 15 December in Manchester," said McNicholl.

McNicholl said a decision is likely in the next week.

Khan (26-3, 18 KO) is looking to stop a two-fight skid, and the December date will be his first with new trainer Virgil Hunter, who has replaced Freddie Roach. McCloskey (24-2, 12 KO) has been shaky since the Khan defeat, with a debatable win over Breidis Prescott, a TKO loss to veteran DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley, and a September 22 win over Manuel Perez where McCloskey just seemed to lack rhythm, or spark, or something like that.

McCloskey is a totally decent fighter, but he's never been on Khan's level and never will be, so I'm feeling a little indifference to this idea -- considering Khan's on a bad run and McCloskey has wanted the rematch since their first bout, it's not that bad an idea, and it gives Khan a chance to go back home for a fight, too.

I guess what I mean to say is I mostly just don't care if this happens or not. If it does, it could be worse, and if it doesn't, it's not that great a fight, and I already have no doubt that Khan can and should beat McCloskey again. Losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia haven't changed that.

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