By Jonny Stapleton
World light welterweight champion Amir Khan would love to rematch Paul McCloskey or Breidis Prescott.
Khan and potential rematchs have been a recurring themes in the build up to McCloskey and Prescott’s WBA world title eliminator , which will play out in front of a packed Odyssey Arena Saturday, and was mentioned again at the weigh in.
Both fighters would love a return with the big money Golden Boy fighter and despite suggestions otherwise from the Derry Stylist there is a train of thought the former European champion is challenging the only fighter to defeat Khan to earn another shot at the English man.
However, despite stressing he has unfinished buisness with the puncher, who knocked him out in a round and the boxer, who he recorded his most controversial win over, Khan revealed fighting either at present would be a step back.
The Wild card two belt world champion said neither top ten fighter are currently at his level and are certainly not his radar.
Khan wants to fight the best in the world and urged the pair, who top a Matchroom bill tonight, to beat world level opposition so he can grant their rematch wishes.
“Both Prescott and McCloskey are making lots of re-match noise. However, it’s huge backwards step for me. They need to beat the people I have fought recently for them to get to world title level, the likes of Maidana, Judah, Malignaggi, Barrera, before they are can fight me again,” Khan exclusively told Mirror Sport.
“If they can beat the guys I’ve beaten and claim a world title then I would be interested. They need to prove themselves and win a world title first then they would be in the mix for a re-match. I want to take on the very best and face all the world champions out there, whether that’s at 140lb or 147lb. If either of them reach that level I would love to have a re-match.”
Despite loosing to Prescott and beating McCloskey Khan, who nammed Timothy Bradley Erik Morales, Lucas Matthysse and Lamont Peterson as potential opponents, has backed the John Breen trained stylist to emerge victorious tonight.
The Bolton man thinks the fighter he faced in Manchester this summer will prove too elusive for the big puncher and the boxer will out fox the fighter.
“I think McCloskey will win. He has a very awkward style which will make it difficult for Prescott. McCloskey will have the crowd behind him and I think that he will prove to hard to hit and to elusive for Prescott. Even though Prescott has the punching power, I think McCloskey will get the better of him.”