Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KOs), who found his UK pay-per-view card bumped from Sky Box Office to the free Sky Sports 3, has taken his card away from Sky completely in favor of the ppv channel, Primetime.
The card, headlined by Khan against Ireland’s Paul McCloskey (22-0, 12 KOs), is the first event under the fighter’s Khan Promotions banner and his first attempt to fly solo sans Frank Warren or Golden Boy. However, Sky Box Office balked at the weak undercard lined up and opted to shift it over to their non-pay channel, a move which would’ve cost Khan as much as one million pounds (UK).
Khan-McCloskey’s new home, Primetime, has been considered a secondary PPV outlet in the UK, buying the rights to direct feeds of US boxing shows from networks such as HBO and Showtime.
The undercard for the April 16th show at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester includes former jr. featherweight world title challenger, Rendall Munroe (21-2, 9 KOs) vs. Andrei Isaeu (23-2, 7 KOs) and an assortment of preliminary matches featuring local and regional-level talent.
In the US, Khan-McCloskey will be aired via tape delay on HBO as the preliminary to the Andre Berto-Victor Ortiz main event.
— Paul Magno