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.