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McCloskey: I had the talent to be World Champ but not the luck

RECENTLY retired Paul McCloskey believes a lack of luck was all that prevented him becoming champion of the World.

The Derry favourite collected British and European titles over an impressive and entertaining 10 year career, but ultimately failed to buckle a World strap around his waist.

‘Dudey’ did challenge Amir Khan for the WBA World light welterweight title in Manchester in 2011 but suffered controversial defeat after the clash was stopped due to a cut.

The now 35 year old was linked to a number of belt holders since that Khan reverse, but another tilt never materailised and the Dungiven stylist retired this week without securing another shot at the highest accolade.

Speaking to Nicky Fullerton of the Belfast Newsletter since hanging up his gloves McCloskey expressed his disappointment, but revealed he has no regrets.

“I had a good career and I picked up a British and European title along the way. I also still believe I should have been a World champion but certain things went against.You need luck at times and I maybe did not get that rub of the green when I needed it,” he said.

“But I believe I had the talent and the ability to get my hands on a World title – but it was not meant to be. I have no regrets and I am bowing out because I am not getting any younger,” he added.

And has McCloskey any thoughts in staying involved in boxing?

“Not at the minute. I need to take a break and see what happens. I know that if I go back to the gym now i would still want to fight – I have that in me – so it is better to take time away and then maybe return in the future.

“I have a young family and I am spending more time with them. I missed lots of things with them – because I was away training for fights – so that’s what I will be doing,” he added.


Integral part of the Irish boxing community for over 13 years