Brunet Zamora claims Paul McCloskey’s fight with Breidis Prescott this coming September can not be deemed a WBA light welterweight world title eliminator because he and not the Columbian is the number 1 contender.
As a result of his world ranking Zamora was Team McCloskey’s first choice for the September 10 Odyssey Arena clash, but Matchroom revealed an injured hand forced them to match the Derry star with the only man to defeat Amir Khan, Prescott.
However, Zamora has tried to rubbish claims he is injured and believes, because Prescott offers a Khan link, McCloskey was forced by Sky Sports to fight the dangerous South American
The former Cuban amateur of note also claims he is awaiting the winner of the bout.
“First of all my hand is not injured. I was meant to fight to Paul in Ireland on September 10. McCloskey, however was pushed by Sky Sport’s to fight Prescott. I was to be the official contender, simply because I was the number 1 in the WBA ranking. I know that for McCloskey it makes more business to fight Khan’s executioner. McCloskey cannot pretend to call these fight a ” WBA title eliminator” it is a match between the number five and six fighters. I would like to tell Paul I am waiting for him now,” Zamora told Mirror Sport.
Team McCloskey revealed they were in talks with Zamora and that he was the preferred option.
They claim the Italian based Cuban was twice offered the fight but couldn’t make the September 10 date.
The Dungiven stylists manager Francie McNicholl denied Sky had any matchmaking influence the and Zamora claims are regret inspired.
“Zamora was our first choice because of his world ranking, but he twice turned down the fight. He couldn’t make it over for September 10,“ McNicholl told Mirror Sport. “There is no such thing as Sky choosing Prescott. Granted they are not complaining we got Prescott. I think Zamora is regretting turning down the fight. Our aim is to win this fight and get a World title we don’t mind who we fight for that belt. We are open to fighting Zamora if he can help provide that.”