Eddie Hearn keen for Paul McCloskey to face Michael Katsidis

Referee Ian John-Lewis stops Paul McCloskey's fight with DeMarcus Corley
Referee Ian John-Lewis stops Paul McCloskey's fight with DeMarcus Corley

Paul McCloskey could be offered a route back to world level in a bout with Australia's former WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has said that he will attempt to arrange a fight between Northern Irishman McCloskey and Katsidis in Belfast in September.

However, McCloskey's manager Francie McNicholl told BBC Sport that he knew "nothing" about the mooted contest.

McCloskey was beaten by DeMarcus Corley in Belfast earlier this month.

The Dungiven fighter lost a world title challenge against Amir Khan last year.

McCloskey's hopes of getting back into the world title picture looked remote after his 10th-round stoppage by former WBO champion Corley.

After the fight, Hearn said that McCloskey, 31, would probably have to move back to "British or European title level" but a bout with Katsidis could reignite his world belt ambitions.

Katsidis, 31, has has two stints as WBO lightweight champion but he has lost four of his last five contests including a points defeat by Scotland's Ricky Burns last November when the WBO interim belt was up for grabs.

However, McCloskey's manager McNicholl said that neither he nor the fighter had been approached about a possible contest with the Australian.

"We thought we had a fight arranged with Katsidis before but he pulled out. It's a little bit early at this stage to be talking about Paul's next fight," said McNicholl.

Meanwhile, Hearn has also offered Belfast heavyweight Martin Rogan a spot in his next prizefighter night at York Hall in London on 20 June.

Rogan, 40, was stopped in five rounds by Tyson Fury in Belfast last month.

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