John Breen claims Paul McCloskey will challenge for a world title in March.
There has been some confusion as to what ’Dudey’ will do next after reigning WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana ruled out a clash in Belfast.
The Dungiven fighter beat Bredis Prescott in a WBA world title eliminator last September and has the Odyssey Arena provisionally booked for a date in March.
The slick southpaw himself claimed he is in negotiations with one of the ranked WBA contenders re a second world title fight, but promoter Eddie Hearn told Mirror Sport he is considering putting McCloskey on the March 17 New York Show.
Regardless of venue, however Breen is confident his charge will fight for a second world title in 2012.
“Paul McCloskey should be fighting for a world title in March, we just have to see what options there are now after Amir Khan lost to Lamont Peterson. It’s looking like an exciting year for him,” Breen explained.
McCloskey agrees and claims he has been training over the festive period with a fight in mind.
“I’ll be training hard through Christmas. The aim is to be out late February or early March again. Negotiations are ongoing at the minute,” the former European Champion explained.
One Breen’s Gym member with a fight date secured is unbeaten flyweight Jamie Conlan. The Belfast flyweight will take on Paul Edwards in a British title eliminator in Liverpool on January 21.
The Irish trainer of the year for 2009 is confident Conlan will be lord of the British flys by the summer.
“Jamie faces Paul Edwards and I expect him to win that and then go on to fight for and win the British title before the summer,” added Breen.