Northern Ireland's Paul McCloskey (23-1,12 KOs), who lost a lopsided sixth-round technical decision in a junior welterweight title bout to Amir Khan last April, will face former titlist DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley on May 5 in Belfast, promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sports announced.
Corley will replace original opponent (and former lightweight titlist) Julio Diaz. According to Hearn, Diaz withdrew because of concerns about making 140 pounds -- the second time he has pulled out because of weight issues in recent fights. Corley (38-19-1, 22 KOs) is just 2-8 in his past 10 fights, although he is coming off an upset decision win against previously undefeated Gabriel Bracero in January.
"Corley has been in with the very best in the business and is on a high after beating Bracero, so it's a good test for me," McCloskey said.