This weekend's World Championship Boxing event features some of the best up-and-coming fighters from around the world. Here's a quick look at the fights:
Amir Khan vs. Paul McCloskey:
The 24-year-old Khan is coming off an impressive unanimous decision victory over the hard-hitting Marcos Maidana in last year's BWAA Fight of the Year, which won him the WBA light welterweight belt. A star in his native England, Khan is making his first ever defense, on his home turf at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester. In what Max Kellerman calls "a throwback fight," he's doing it against the European champion, the undefeated Paul McCloskey. Despite being a 6-1 underdog, the 31-year-old McCloskey is confident in his ability to throw Khan off his game. "My elusiveness, my speed and my lateral movement can give anybody nightmares," he says. "Anybody who shares the ring with me doesn't enjoy it."
Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz:
The 12-round main event takes place at the MGM Grand Arena in Foxwoods, pitting five-time defending champion Andre Berto against "Vicious" Victor Ortiz. The 27-year-old Berto's lightning-quick hands and unblemished record make him one of the best fighters in the stacked welterweight division. Victor Ortiz, three years his junior, is a promising young fighter whose only loss in the last five years came on the business end of a furious onslaught from Marcos Maidana. When asked how he thought this fight would play out, the usually talkative Ortiz had only this to say about Berto, "I'm going to knock him out."