Paul McCloskey Gutted: This is a Massive Setback For Me

Northern Ireland's Paul McCloskey's hopes of a world light welterweight title fight suffered a major blow on Saturday night after he was stopped in the 10th round by American veteran DeMarcus Corley. McCloskey looked to be on course to win the fight in front of his home fans at the King's Hall in Belfast when he was caught by a thumping right hand by the man from Washington DC.

McCloskey was clearly badly shaken and blood spurted from his nose as his legs wobbled violently, prompting referee Ian John Lewis to step in and wave the fight off. It may have been a premature stoppage but the referee clearly felt that McCloskey was unfit to continue and in the interests of safety it was the correct decision.

The 37-year-old Corley had earlier landed some solid shots but his opponent - five years younger and with just one defeat on his record to Amir Khan - was on top due to his workrate and the quality of his boxing. But one punch changed everything and former WBO champion Corley may well be looking for another title shot after this surprise victory took his record to 39-19-1.

McCloskey's future looks uncertain but he showed plenty of dignity in defeat, refusing to suggest that the stoppage was premature, as so many beaten fighters would surely have tried to do.

He told Sky Sports: "I will have to sit down and figure out what went wrong. But you have to give this man a bit of credit. He is a quality operator. His record might tell a different story but he is a quality fighter. This was last chance saloon for this fellow so he came and gave it a good go.

"He caught me with a great shot. I thought I could have carried on but every fighter thinks he can fight on, so I am gutted. It is a massive, massive setback for me."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by toyboy33 on 05-09-2012

McCloskey deserved to lose. He looks very raw and was begging to be hit with the right hook all defense and no power.

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 05-07-2012

[QUOTE=Camp Beast;12085920]Great stoppage![URL=""][/URL][/QUOTE] I agree,and Mccloskey should give the ref a lil something for saving his life in there..It would have been clean shot city if the ref did not jump in the way...

Comment by *Stannis* on 05-07-2012

[QUOTE=J.Dempsey;12086185]stoppage a bit premature I thought[/QUOTE] Are you joking? The ref saved himf rom being brutally KO'd. McCloskey was almost having a brain seizure, wobbling his arms and legs all over the place.

Comment by Alx. on 05-07-2012

[QUOTE=Money_May;12093275]Good stoppage man, mccloskey was unsteady for a good 10sec after the punch and was sat down after the fight finished he never stood up again. If it wasnt stopped Paul would have been laid out bad.[/QUOTE] i guess...but it…

Comment by goblin213 on 05-07-2012

[QUOTE=larryx2013;12093004]wasnt that the same ref from khan-peterson?[/QUOTE] No. This was the same ref from Vitali Klitscho vs Briggs match up, and we know how brilliant he was in that fight.

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