By Jonny Stapleton
The name Amir Khan may appear on both Paul McCloskey and Breidis Prescott’s record, but the Derry star is adamant he and the Columbian didn’t fight the same fighter.
The fact Prescott faired better against the now IBF and WBA Super light welterweight champion of the world-infamously stopping the Golden Boy star within a round-has no bearing on tonight’s WBA world title eliminator, according to McCloskey.
Although it pained him to admit it the Dungiven stylist claims Khan improved immensely between loosing to Prescott and controversially stopping McCloskey.
McCloskey is adamant his opponent’s ’King’ Khan demolition played no part in his preparation.
“Breidis Prescott Khan fight happened three years ago. Now, I don’t really want to talk well about Khan because I don’t like the lad too much, but he has come on a lot and improved immensely since then. The Khan Prescott fought and the Khan I fought were two different fighters. Prescott’s knock out of Khan means nothing to this fight,” said McCloskey.
Prescott, who kept everyone waiting over an hour before tipping the scales at 9st 13lb 6oz, once again boldly predicted he would sink McCloskey within six rounds at yesterday’s Titanic Dock’s Pump House weigh in.
The Derry fighter, who weighed in at 9st 13lb 12oz, laughed off the Prescott’s KO forecast. He claims the fighter know as Khanqueror lost power when he went up in weight and is confident he will out box his foe tonight Kevin Mitchell style tonight.
“Prescott was a big puncher at lightweight but not a massive puncher at light welterweight. I have watched his last couple of fights and he certainly has boxed more. The Mitchell fight showed he can be out boxed by slick fighters, but he has formed a jab since and we are prepared for what ever he brings. Mitchell showed Prescott up that night.
I am not over looking Prescott. I have trained hard for this fight and I know what to expect. It is an opportunity for him too and I know that and I am prepared for him.