Team McCloskey dismiss retirement talk
By Jonny Stapleton
Paul McCloskey it seems will live to fight another day as he dismissed retirement talks.
The former undefeated European champion reacted to some suggestions he could and indeed should hang up his gloves after defeat to 37 year old Demarcus Corley in the Kings Hall on May 5.
Stylish southpaw ‘Dudey’ wasn’t happy with question as to whether he would carry or not and reassured his loyal and sizeable support he would return and do so with an improved performance.
“I’d jus like to thank all my loyal supporters, it means a lot. I am shocked and deflated, but no excuses. Time for reflection, but I’ll be back. Recharging the batteries with some much needed family time,” McCloskey said on Twitter.
McCloskey’s manager stuck with the carry on theme. The Derry favourite is holidaying at present and Francie McNicholl claims whilst no detailed future plans have been discussed retirement is not a thought.
“We haven’t fully decided what is next, but there has never been a thought of retirement. Paul is enjoying a deserved break and we will sit down to talk about the next boxing move after that.”
When the former world title challenger does return to the ring it will most likely be alongside Martin Lindsay, Jamie Conlan and Carl Frampton on Eddie Hearn’s September 8 Blefast show.
However, the former Continental light welterweight king and British champion will to have to shelf his world title aspirations and make a return to European level.