BoxRec News can exclusively reveal that, barring some spectacular undercard bout being made at incredibly short notice, Amir Khan's WBA light-welterweight title defence against Paul McCloskey on April 16th will not be a Sky Box Office event.
Sky Sports appears to be drawing a line in the sand as far as quality control goes. The broadcaster was initially prepared to accept Matthew Macklin v Khoren Gevor as chief support but that fell by the wayside due to political shenanigans which were, apparently, not the fault of Khan or Hatton Promotions.
Then Sky Sports accepted Tyson Fury v Hasim Rahman as a suitable undercard replacement, based on the fact that the casual boxing fan would remember Rahman from his spectacular victory over Lennox Lewis.
When news drifted across the Atlantic earlier this week that Rahman had no intention of coming to Manchester, the situation between Sky Sports and the promoters came to a head once more.
BoxRec News understands that Sky Sports is contractually obliged to provide Khan Promotions with a PPV vehicle but that caveats have been written into the paperwork to allow a withdrawal from this dependent on individual circumstances.
This will undoubtedly hit Khan Promotions in the pocket. Yet all is not lost. For a start, being showcased to ordinary subscribers is a valuable chance to build a wider fan base off the back of Khan's fantastic blood and thunder match against Marcos Maidana.
Further, especially given that the Irish are generally such committed and passionate fans that thousands would turn up to the opening of an envelope, the match with McCloskey should be a memorable night at the MEN Arena and tickets should sell well.
But Sky Sports, especially given their other PPV commitments and the prevailing effect of cuts from which boxing followers are certainly not sheltered, obviously feel that fans would not meet their standard one-off PPV charge of nearly £15 for this particular card.