Paul McCloskey set for Belfast ring return in September

Amir Khan and Paul McCloskey
McCloskey lost his world title challenge against Amir Khan when the fight was stopped because the Derryman suffered a cut

Paul McCloskey will make his return to the ring in Belfast on 10 September and the bout could be for the WBA's interim light-welterweight title.

McCloskey's manager Francie McNicholl confirmed to BBC Sport that Belfast's Odyssey Arena will stage the Dungiven man's first fight since his world title defeat by Amir Khan in April.

"We're hopeful that it will be for the WBA's interim title," said McNicholl.

"That will be dependent on a couple of other things falling into place."

That notably includes the possiblity of WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan's unification bout with IBF title holder Zab Judah being elevated to the title of super champion for boxers who hold two world titles.

If that happens, it would open the door for the mooted tussle between current WBA interim light-weltweight champion Marcos Maidana and WBO and WBA intermit lightweight champion Robert Guerrero to be for the WBA's light-welterweight title.

Those two pieces falling into place would leave McCloskey's 10 September bout in Belfast as a likely tussle for the WBA's interim light-welterweight title.

Venezuela's Jhoan Perez, who McCloskey sparred with in Belfast in advance of his Khan contest, could be a possible opponent for the Odyssey bout.

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