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Boxing: Khan labels Bradley a 'cheat'

by Michael Penkman. Published Thu 03 Mar 2011 12:27

WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan has accused Timothy Bradley of head-butting his way to glory.

The Olympic silver medallist faces Northern Ireland’s Paul McCloskey in his homecoming bout at the M.E.N Arena on April 16, with talk of a mega-fight with ‘Desert Storm’ quickly gathering pace.

And both camps are firing shots at each other, adding more spice to an already mouth-watering prospect.

The undefeated American strangely claimed Khan was running from him, and stated his intention to travel to the UK for the Khan-McCloskey clash in order to “cause havoc”.

But the Bolton fighter has now hit back by labelling Bradley as a cheat.

He said: “Some fighters have to cheat in a way and I think that he’s been cheating.

“Bradley comes in with his head and he’s strong at times but I think I’ve got the skills to beat him - I wouldn’t let him get that close to head-butt me.

“I’m sure he’ll try but that’s just his style and it’s got him so far at the moment.

“I go in there to box and I win that way.”

Bradley, 27, unified the WBC and WBO titles in January with victory over Devon Alexander in Michigan.

An accidental head-butt left ‘Alexander the Great’ claiming his vision was impaired, causing ringside doctors to bring the fight to a premature end.

After ten anti-climactic rounds, it went to the judges’ scorecards and Bradley emerged unanimously triumphant.

The Californian then used the post-fight interview to sound out a potential unification bout with Khan - an offer welcomed by the WBA champion while sitting on a television panel for the fight.

Khan, 24, retained his crown after a thrilling 12-round fight against Marcos Rene Maidana in Las Vegas last December.

It was voted Fight of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America and further enhanced his reputation in the States.

However, if a July 23 mega-fight with Bradley is to be arranged he will have to hurdle a potential upset against awkward southpaw Paul McCloskey.

“It will be a good unification fight and show who the best in the division really is,” said Khan.
HBO and Sky are very interested but right now my focus is just on Paul McCloskey because he is no dummy.”

Khan is currently in LA, where he is training with Freddie Roach at the famous Wildcard Gym.

He has also ruled-out a fight with sparring partner Manny Pacquiao further down the line.

He said: "I will never fight Manny - he has one or two fights left in him, but I will not be one of them.

"The fight might one day be pushed towards us, but we have agreed that we will never fight each other - no matter what kind of money would be on offer.

“There is absolutely no way that two people who are such good friends will fight each other.

"You must also remember that we are both trained by Freddie Roach and a fight between us would put him in a very awkward position.

"He would have that kind of agonising choice to make - does he go into my corner or does he go into Manny's corner?

"He likes us both so much that we both feel we do not want to put him into the awkward position where he has to make that kind of choice."

The 24-year-old is believed to be targeting a clash with Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather down the line, should he prove himself to be the best at 140lbs.

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"He has some neck saying that after headbutting Barrera and paul mc closkey...if you ask me khan is a fraud " Lucan, UK around 4 years, 3 months ago

"Amir is A Great Fighter He Will! Win This Game hardly He has Got Great strength on his "Fist" Good Luck " Mirzan Miftha , Colombo around 4 years, 4 months ago

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