Advertisement
Advertisement

Paul McCloskey Has No Regrets in Retirement

Paul McCloskey has revealed his disappointment at failing to land a world title after announcing his retirement.

The 35-year-old Dungiven man has called time on his career after 27 fights, including European and British title victories.

But McCloskey fell short at the top level, suffering a technical decision defeat against Amir Khan in his only shot at a world crown.

A serious cut brought a premature end to his 2011 WBA title challenge and the Northern Irishman believes he was cruelly denied the chance to become a big name in the light-welterweight division.

“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,” he told the Belfast Newsletter.

“You need luck at times and I maybe did not get that rub of the green when I needed it.

“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.”

McCloskey halted Colin Lynes to become British champion in 2008, while another stoppage win over Daniel Rasilla earned him the European belt the following year.

He also holds a points win over Breidis Prescott, the Colombian who knocked out Khan, but defeats by DeMarcus Corley and Dave Ryan ended his hopes of further title shots.

Tags: Paul McCloskey image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tonyu on 09-02-2014

I wish Paul well in his retirement - a good domestic fighter but never in the league of a world champ.

Comment by IronDanHamza on 09-02-2014

I didn't even know he'd retired. What a poor fighter. Eddie Hearn actually pushed this guy at one point. Headlined two shows, one in a gift win over Prescott and one getting stopped by A shot Corley.

Comment by Dr Rumack on 09-02-2014

He must regret that loss to Chop Chop given that he was winning fairly comfortably and it basically ended his career.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Early PBC on FS1 Results: Omar Douglas Stops Collado Rolando Garza Inks Promotional With Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Gilberto Ramirez: Canelo Has No Pride, His Actions Disappointing Denis Lebedev Backs Glowacki To Retain, Beat Oleksandr Usyk Anthony Joshua Must Face Joseph Parker By January 9, Says IBF Jarico O'Quinn Inks Promotional With Salita Promotions Photos: Gilberto Ramirez Continues Hard Grind For First Defense Malignaggi-Bracero, Farmer-Redkach, Harrison-Rabchenko Set Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand Officially Revealed By Roc Nation Jessie Magdaleno Leaves Joel Diaz, Jumps To Manuel Robles David Benavidez Targets Big Names, Champions at 168-Pounds Povetkin's Promoter: Lawsuits Won't Prevent Deontay Wilder Fight Mykey Williams Inks Promotional Pact With Lou DiBella Terry Flanagan-Mzonke Fana Added To July 16 Cardiff Card Jason Sosa's Promoter Eyes Francisco Vargas, Orlando Salido Scott Fitzgerald Added To July 30 Leeds Card Fury-Klitschko II Could Land in Late September, Early October Sergey Kovalev Discusses Training Camp For Isaac Chilemba Antonio Orozco, Joseph Diaz, Jr. Return on HBO Latino Bill, 7/30 Santa Cruz Says Frampton's 'Weak Chin' Will Crack From Pressure Terence Crawford, Brian McIntyre on Being Avoided at 140 DiBella on Derevyanchenko-Soliman, Wants Golovkin Fight Klitschko on Fury: This is Not About Titles, This is About Revenge! Chris Eubank Jr: I Can Knock Gennady Golovkin Out! Froch Cautions Joshua Not To Rush, Picks Fury To Beat Klitschko Kerry Hope is Convinced Vijender Singh Was Scared at Presser Zeuge is Sparring With Braehmer For De Carolis WBA Title Clash McGregor Was Looking For 50-50 Split With Floyd Mayweather Firat Arslan vs. Nuri Seferi Crossroads Bout on September 17 Eubank Sr. Baits Golovkin: Prove To Me That You Can Beat My Son! Rey Ojeda Shocks Puerto Rico With Retirement Announcement Thurman-Porter Makes Working Weekend Worth The Wrangling Cotto vs. Marquez Negotiations Continue To Play Out Hurd: I Didn’t Want to Force the Stoppage After Dropping Molina Joshua Warns Wilder: Focus on Arreola, I'll Be To America Soon Photos/Weights: Edner Cherry vs Lydell Rhodes, Douglas-Collado 30 Day Weights: Crawford 150.4-Pounds, Postol 145.5-Pounds Bob Arum Details Top Rank's Plans in China Examining the Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter Scorecards Golovkin-Eubank Moves Closer After 'Very Positive' Talks in London
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement