Paul McCloskey calls time on pro career but he’s sure Carl Frampton will shine

Paul McCloskey
Paul McCloskey

Paul Mccloskey called time on his professional boxing career last week - but the former World title challenger left with his head held high.

In a 27 fight career - McCloskey won 24 times and claimed the British and European titles during those clashes.

He also fought Amir Khan for the WBA World Light-welterweight title in 2011 - but the fight was stopped in the sixth round after ‘Dudey’ picked up a cut.

But the Dungiven southpaw says he is till happy with what he achieved in his career.

“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.

“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.

But McCloskey will be in attendence when Carl Frampton takes on Kiko Martinez for the IBF World title in Belfast on Saturday night.

“I am looking forward to it and if Carl turns-up and does what he can do, I think he will win the fight.

“Kiko seems rejuvinated after winning he World title and defending it a couple of times and his coaches may think that he has been working with them longer now, than they had been before the first fight - but I still see carl beating him.

“I was a boxer and I believe Carl will out-box him, but he also has the tools to fight with him. But is Carl sticks to the gameplan and stays calm, he will win the World title,” he added.

And McCloskey says Eamonn O’Kane is in good shape for his fight on the undercard.

“I spoke to Bernardo Checa and he says Eamonn is looking good.”