Breidis Prescott will prove a tougher opponent than Amir Khan or any other fighter Paul McCloskey has faced, according to trainer John Breen.
WBA and IBF light welterweight champion of the world, Khan ended McCloskey’s unbeaten run in controversial circumstances in March, is now being tipped as a future pound for pound champion and is on course for a fight with ring legend Floyd Mayweather.
However, despite ‘King Khan’s’ rising stature and the fact he holds a reverse over McCloskey the Irish trainer of the Year for 2009 stressed Columbian Precott is a more dangerous foe than the English man.
“Prescott is a dangerous fighter and a big puncher, but if you want world titles these are the types of fights you have to take. This is the toughest test Paul has had in his entire career. Prescott is above Paul in the world rankings. He isn’t just a heavy puncher. He has added a bit of boxing to his game and has impressed a lot more recently. We have to be aware he can punch too just look what did he to Amir Khan,” Breen told Mirror Sport.
“Paul is in good shape and training is going well. He is focused and determined to win. He beats Prescott and he gets a world title shot. If you want to be the best you have to beat the best.”
The former European champion takes on the only man to defeat Khan in the Odyssey Arena on September 10 for the right to challenge for the WBA world title.
If he over comes the fighter billed as the ‘Khanqueror’ another former Khan foe Marcos Maidana lies in wait. Breen isn’t just confident the Derry stylist can beat the Argentine he predicts McCloskey will make a fighter that troubled Khan in patches look silly.
“There is talk of Maidana and Paul fighting for the title if they both come through their next fights and in my opinion Paul makes Maidana look stupid. Look what Paul did to Khan. He had Khan missing and off balance he would have too much boxing ability for Maidana.”