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Boxing: McCloskey confirms Khan fight

AMIR KHAN will defend his WBA light-welterweight world title against unbeaten Derry southpaw Paul McCloskey -- and this time the fight will happen.

McCloskey's manager Francie McNicholl confirmed that they had signed contracts on Saturday to meet the Bolton fighter in Manchester on April 16.

The fight has been on and off over the last few weeks because of wrangling about money. However, after an improved offer to McCloskey, both camps have now reached an agreement.

It's understood Khan initially offered McCloskey £90,000 -- a fee described as "totally derisory" by McCloskey's promoter Barry Hearn -- but the offer has now been improved to £200,000.

Meanwhile,World Youth champion Joe Ward claimed his second straight Irish Open Youth Championships title on Saturday, as John Joe McDonagh's corner retired their man in the second round, trailing 11-1.

Irish Independent