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BoxRec News can exclusively reveal that, barring some spectacular undercard bout being made at incredibly short notice, Amir Khan's WBA light-welterweight title defence against Paul McCloskey on April 16th will not be a Sky Box Office event.

 

Sky Sports appears to be drawing a line in the sand as far as quality control goes. The broadcaster was initially prepared to accept Matthew Macklin v Khoren Gevor as chief support but that fell by the wayside due to political shenanigans which were, apparently, not the fault of Khan or Hatton Promotions.

 

Then Sky Sports accepted Tyson Fury v Hasim Rahman as a suitable undercard replacement, based on the fact that the casual boxing fan would remember Rahman from his spectacular victory over Lennox Lewis.

 

BoxRec News understands that Sky Sports is contractually obliged to provide Khan Promotions with a PPV vehicle but that caveats have been written into the paperwork to allow a withdrawal from this dependent on individual circumstances.

 

This will undoubtedly hit Khan Promotions in the pocket. Yet all is not lost. For a start, being showcased to ordinary subscribers is a valuable chance to build a wider fan base off the back of Khan's fantastic blood and thunder match against Marcos Maidana.

 

 

SUBMITTED BY IAN MCNEILLY

 

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http://news.boxrec.com/news/2011/exclusive-khan-v-mccloskey-will-not-be-pay-view

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Good news. the main event is not PPV worthy on its own. Good to see Sky making a stand against Team Khan.

 

And to think we would have had Haye vs Klitschko in April but didn't cos Sky only do one PPV a month and had given the slot to Amir Khan. Still, at least Wlad vs Haye is going ahead in June or July.

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Good news. the main event is not PPV worthy on its own. Good to see Sky making a stand against Team Khan.

 

And to think we would have had Haye vs Klitschko in April but didn't cos Sky only do one PPV a month and had given the slot to Amir Khan. Still, at least Wlad vs Haye is going ahead in June or July.

 

This is the annoying part...had Sky said this back god knows when we'd have been licking out lips to one of the best months in a very long time...

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/apr/07/amir-khan-title-defence-chaos

 

Amir Khan's fourth defence of his WBA light-welterweight title against Paul McCloskey in Manchester on Saturday has been thrown into chaos after Sky decided to take the show off pay-per-view because of a downgraded undercard.

 

The fight, which was to cost viewers £14.95, will now be shown free to subscribers on Sky Sports 3. Khan may lose up to £1m in ppv revenue; the Irishman McCloskey will probably take less of a hit as his original cut would have been considerably smaller. The champion, who was looking to earn £1.25m, was furious at the news and cancelled a press conference at the last minute on Thursday as his lawyers investigated what course of action to take.

 

The three-way promotion by Khan's company, Golden Boy Promotions and Hatton Promotions has been dogged by withdrawals since the main fight was confirmed in February. Matthew Macklin's fight against Khoren Gevor was the first to fall through; then Tyson Fury's hopes of fighting the former world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman collapsed when the American refused to travel. Barney Francis, Sky's head of sport, decided he could not justify its pay-per-view billing, an unprecedented move.

 

Ricky Hatton was organising the card but could not persuade Francis that last-minute fights involving Fury, Rendall Munroe and Gary Buckland were of sufficient quality.

 

The main supporting fights on the bill were domestic and low-profile international bouts: Craig Watson's defence of his British welterweight belt against Lee Purdy; unbeaten local middleweight Martin Murray in a WBA International fight against the little-known Brazilian John Anderson Carvalho; and Rendall Monroe, the Leicester binman, in a scheduled 12-rounder at super-bantam against the well-travelled Minsk veteran Andrei Isaeu.

 

Tyson Fury, the unbeaten Manchester heavyweight with a large following, is still on the bill, but no opponent has been announced. If Rahman had agreed to their fight, it might just have persuaded Francis to go ahead with a ppv show.

 

Khan, meanwhile, has a £5m fight to look forward to against the American Timothy Bradley in May. For McCloskey, his big night has been ruined.

 

What the episode illustrates is Sky's determination to stand firm with promoters who do not deliver their promised line-ups. Their boxing budget has been drastically shaved and there is not much left in "the piggy bank", as one promoter used to call Sky's largesse.

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