Khan Enjoys Early Finish
From Sky Sports
Amir Khan retained his WBA light-welterweight title after a controversial technical points decision over Paul McCloskey in Manchester.
The bout was halted during the sixth round after the challenger was deemed unable to continue due to a cut caused by a clash of heads. Khan was a unanimous victor on the scorecards, with all three judges awarding him a comfortable 60-54 win.
McCloskey’s awkward southpaw style meant the champion did not have it all his own way but there was no doubt who was on top at the time of the fight’s premature end.
But after the contest there was protestations from the McCloskey camp that the cut was not bad enough to warrant the stoppage.
The opening stages of the contest were tentative, with Khan looking to come forward but finding his fast hands matched by the reflexes of the previously unbeaten McCloskey.
Khan looked to be more settled in the second as he landed in bunches, but McCloskey stood firm and landed a left of his own at the end of the round. The challenger even had Khan on the back foot at times and caught him with another winging left hand in the third.
Khan began to fire again in the fourth, landing a sharp right and crisp left before attacking with hooks in the early stages of the fifth. McCloskey’s defences seemed to be weakening in the sixth as Khan landed an impressive flurry but the fight was soon over.
After an accidental clash of heads, referee Luis Pabon called for the doctor, who advised the official to bring an end to the bout.
On the undercard, Leicester binman Rendell Munroe made a winning return to action after his unsuccessful world title challenge by claiming a unanimous points win over Andrei Isaeu.
Craig Watson lost his British welterweight title to Lee Purdy the later claimed a fifth-round stoppage win in their contest.