17 April 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Amir Khan, Freddie Roach and Oscar De La Hoya all ruled out any possibility of Amir Khan v Paul McCloskey II stressing they are now ready to unify the light welterweight division and face Timothy Bradley in the summer.
The trio, who all slipped questions as to whether or not they thought the stoppage was premature and countered by querying anyone who dared ask medical qualifications, said it was job done and their focus is now on the American.
Indeed, Khan, who in fairness was winning the bout, pointed out the cut only hastened the inevitable,claiming he would have stopped McCloskey over the next two rounds regardless.
The defensive Golden Boy star, who admitted he would have been disgruntled if he would have been prevented from fighting as a result of such a cut, claimed he won every second of every round and that a successful WBA light welterweight defence was inevitable.
It is finished business. I won every round in that fight. I was hurting him. It was one sided. I promise you all if that fight went another two rounds I would have stopped him. He is lucky that fight was stopped because he would have got knocked out. If he goes and beats every guy I fought then I will give him a rematch. Paul wouldnt beat Maidana, the champion said.
I was happy in the fight. Paul wasnt fighting back and every time he did he was getting caught. We are looking forward to a unification fight now. The doctor is there for the safety of the fighter. I am not a doctor and I didnt stop the fight. I tell you one thing I would have pulverised that cut and made it worse over the next few rounds. There is no need for me to fight Paul again it is job done and on to the next challenge.