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THEY PAUL WANT TO FIGHT HIM.

Byline: JONNY STAPLETON

CURRENT IBF light welterweight belt holder Zab Judah is the latest world champion to declare he is interested in a fight with Paul McCloskey.

Like WBA interim champ Marcus Maidana, the former undisputed welterweight champion of the world claims he would clash with the Dungiven stylist.

Judah, who has lost to both Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather Jnr, also echoed Maidana's views that McCloskey's world title tilt against Amir Khan last month was stopped too soon.

Judah said: "I watched the Amir Khan/Paul McCloskey fight with interest. It was a good and interesting fight before the stoppage, which I thought was premature.

"I would be open to fight anyone that makes business sense. That includes Paul McCloskey."

McCloskey's trainer John Breen isn't surprised his man is now is in the thoughts of fighters at the top of the light welterweight class.

Breen, who revealed McCloskey told him Khan was punching 'like a girl' after five rounds of their bout, said: "I am not surprised fighters at the top level are interested in fighting Paul. His status and profile have risen dramatically since he fought Khan.

"Zab isn't the greatest ticket seller in America so he could be the easier fighter to get and to get in over here.

"Maidana could be harder to make but I would prefer to fight him. I think he is tailor made for Paul. McCloskey makes Maidana look stupid in my book."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 10, 2011
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