30 October 2008 – by Mark Doyle
Oisin Fagan has been granted a tremendous opportunity to establish himself as a household name in Ireland after securing a shot at Amir Khan.
It was confirmed on Thursday that the lightweight pair will collide at Londons ExCel Arena on December 6.
The highly-rated Fagan, who is based in Oklahoma, has won all but five of his 27 professional bouts to date.
The 34-year-old Dubliner, who is known as Gael Force, lost three times during the early part of his career, but the second of those losses was a points defeat at the hands of the now highly-rated and still undefeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Fagans career has really progressed since then, too, and his two most recent defeats, against former lightweight world champion Paul Spadafora and Verquan Kimbrough, were both contentious split decisions.
Given that the bout will be Khans first since his savage first-round knockout defeat at the hands of Breidis Prescott, Fagan is unsurprisingly planning to prey on the Bolton natives likely insecurities.
“If I’d just got knocked out in the fashion that Amir did, that would be all I could think about,” he told Setanta Sports News.
“He must have nightmares about that every second of the day.
“I’m thinking that anytime he gets a good dig on that chin he has to be thinking about that knockout.
“I’m not a power puncher but I give everybody a good go. I’ve fought world champions and I’ve been unlucky not to end up with a win.”