Family Affair: McCloskey’s Cousin To Debut on Belfast Card

August 23 Brendan Galbraith

Australian, Welterweight Liam Hutchinson will make his pro debut on the packed McCloskey-Prescott Belfast card on the 10th September 2011.

Hutchinson is a cousin of Paul McCloskey and has been enjoying the invaluable experience of training alongside ‘Dudey’ for the past four months in Breens gym in Belfast.

“It’s amazing. It really showed me what it is like to train like a champion and there is a good feeling in the gym – when you turn up you know you have to work. I have always liked the pro game and couldn’t wait to turn pro.”

Hutchinson, whose favourite boxers include Andre Ward and Floyd Mayweather Jr, started boxing at the age of 12:

“I got into boxing when I was 12 and I only started it to get fit but after the first week I was hooked and just wanted to fight. I boxed out of Albert Boxing Club for a couple of years and then moved to “The Boxing Shop” [both gyms in Queensland] where I won the Queensland and Australian Junior Welterweight titles.”

Hutchinson also alluded to similar traits with his fighting style to his older and more experienced cousin:

“I like to counter box, but don’t mind standing and fighting at all”

Click on link below for footage of Hutchinson in his amateur days for The Boxing Shop, Queensland (Hutchinson is in the blue vest).


‘The Homecoming’ Fight Card will take place at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast on 10th September 2011.

Paul McCloskey v Breidis Prescott (Official World Title Eliminator), Carl Frampton v Kiko Martinez (European Title), Eamonn O’Kane v Joe Rea, Dee Taggart v Mark Ginley, Luke Wilton v TBA, Mark McCullough v TBA, Mike Perez v TBA.  Liam Hutchinson v TBA.

Tickets for The Homecoming are available from any of the fighters or at or from


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