Tommy Barber – London
The WBA/IBF unified champion of the super lightweight division, Amir Khan, has reacted calmly to recent trash-talking from the only opponent to have vanquished him; Breidis Prescott. The big-hitting and rangy Colombian released vitriolic statements indicating that if Khan did not grant him a rematch then he’d “spit” in the face of him and his father, Shah Khan. Amir replied by stating that if Breidis beats McCloskey then he will grant him a rematch.
Prescott (24-2-0, 19ko) has an upcoming examination against elusive boxer-mover McCloskey on Saturday, September 10 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is an official eliminator for the WBA “Regular” world title, so the victor will be made mandatory challenger to the crown currently held by resilient Argentine, Marcos Maidana, however, Prescott is still gunning for a rematch with Khan as it would generate huge interest and guarantee a career-best purse.
Khan has made no secret of whom he expects to prevail this weekend; claiming his fellow Brit will be able to out-point Prescott, but such a statement was not warmly received by Breidis who allegedly told Boxing Scene that the only reason he foresees a McCloskey (22-1-0, 12ko) victory is because he is a “sissy” and does not want there to be any possibility of being aligned with the fighter to have knocked him out within 54 seconds three years ago.
Prescott also labeled members of Team Khan “punks” and added that his father “babies” him which is why he has “grown into a real fag”. He concluded his diatribe by remarking: “If you don’t fight me, I will spit in you and your punk father’s face.”
Khan (26-1-0, 18ko) was swift to offer his response via social networking platform Twitter. He stated: “Prescott talking rubbish again… or shall I say his manager/promoter talking shit for him; they [are] all crying for a payday!”
He continued: “That’s all they want – you don’t see Prescott calling out Mitchell who beat him. I wonder how much he’s getting paid to fight Mccloskey? Peanuts.”
Breaking down the Saturday card at the Odyssey Arena, Khan said: “I honestly don’t think Prescott will beat Mccloskey. Paul is very awkward and tricky to catch [however] if he does [defeat him] our rematch will be a lot sooner than later.”
Khan will likely have one fight left at the 140lb (ten stones) weight limit before moving a division north, to welterweight. A December date has been penciled in but he is yet to confirm an opponent.