Corley says McCloskey is a tough operator but not world class
By Jonny Stapleton
Paul McCloskey’s conqueror DeMarcus Corley said ‘Dudey’ should have gone down to the body earlier if he wanted to get his hand raised in the Kings Hall last night.
Former British and European champion McCloskey started to target the Americans mid rift in the middle rounds and to some effect if Corley himself is to be believed.
The former world champ admitted the tactic was proving fruitful, but said by the time McCloskey started employing it, it was too late.
Corley, who admitted having to change to his pre fight come forward game plan after a round, stressed by that stage the damage had already been done and he knew he was on course for a stoppage.
“He made me fight a different gameplan from round one. I knew I had more punching power than Paul so I didn’t worry about getting hit. He landed some good shots but it was too late. When he started going to the body, it was too late. He should have started in round one,” Corley said.
Corley did hold respect for renowned stylist McCloskey’s substance. He thought having broke the Derry light welterweight’s nose the home fighter might wilt and revealed a ring exchange of the verbal kind that prompted him to believe he was in for a tough night.
“Nose broken? Yeah I told him I broke his nose and he said‘that’s OK!’ I said ‘oh shit, he wants to fight!’ I knew he wasn’t gonna back down because I broke his nose.”
Corley has shared the ring with the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Zab Judah and Miguel Cotto. Unfortunately for McCloskey’s world title hopes and for Irish fight fans he doesn’t think the John Breen trained talent compares.
“He’s in the ratings but I say he’s a C-class fighter. I give him a C-minus because he fights with his hands down and that’s not good. No fighter should fight with their hands down unless they’re a mongoose and they can’t get hit.
“Floyd (Mayweather) shouldn’t fight with his hands down. All it takes is that one punch and your night could be over. I landed accumulator punches on Paul, hit him with that last right hook, and the ref went for safety.”