Paul McCloskey claims he will box rather than brawl his way into a world title fight by out foxing Breidis Prescott on September 10.
McClsokey faces the big punching Columbian in a WBA world title eliminator in the Odyssey Arena early next month and despite stressing he has added substance to his much touted style revealed revealed he plans to use his skills to defeat Prescott.
‘Dudey’ believes if he sticks to the hit and don’t be hit game plan he could ensure an easy nights work against the fighter who destroyed Amir Khan within a round.
The fighter whose believes his strength lies in his skill told Mirror Sport,
“Some nights you can make fights easy for yourself and I think if I box Prescott I win this fight win this fight easy. If I stand toe to toe for a war it will prove a hard nights work. I fancy my chances to beat him. I fancy my chances to beat anyone, but I know I will have to be on my game because Prescott is tough and he is strong. I have always had some natural boxing ability, but I have learnt out to fight too. However I am a better boxer than I am a fighter and ill box Prescott.”
Prescott demolition of current two belt world champ, Khan didn’t just earn him the ‘Khanqueror’ ring moniker it also earned him a reputation as one of boxing’s most destructive punchers.
However, Dungiven native, McCloskey believes there is more to the Columbian than knock out power.
Indeed since upgrading from light welterweight to welterweight has lost some punch power and improved his skill level.
“In his last few fights he has gone on the back foot a bit and boxed a lot more. I think since he moved up in weight he isn’t knocking people out as easy as he was previously. We know he can punch but he can box as well. He is ok at long range and has a long jab. He is awkward and that is coming from a southpaw. I never disrespected anyone and I trained hard for every opponent, but Prescott is a very tough challenge.”