Paul McCloskey teams up with new trainer Bernardo Checa

SEPARATED: Paul McCloskey and John Breen
SEPARATED: Paul McCloskey and John Breen

Paul McCloskey has signed up with renowned trainer Bernardo Checa.

McCloskey parted company with long-time coach John Breen earlier this week after eight very successful years together.

And McCloskey’s manager Francie McNicholl says leaving Breen was not an easy decision for the Dungiven southpaw.

“There were a few issues during the last camp which Paul was not happy with, but we want to move on,” McNicholl said.

“I spoke to John just after the last fight to explain these issues, so he knew what they were.

“It was a heartbreaking decision for Paul to leave John.

“Paul has total respect for John as a trainer and this was a decision he thought long and hard about,

“We have now moved on and we are looking to get Paul out on the Carl Frampton show at the start of next year.

“There are other things in the pipeline and we are looking forward to the future.

“Checa has done a great job with Brian Magee and we are sure he can do as good a job with Paul,” he added.

Meanwhile, McCloskey has responded to claims by Breen that he notified his former trainer of his departure by text message.

“John Breen was made fully aware of my issues days after my last fight by my manager. He and I know the reasons why I have moved on,” the Dungiven star tweeted.

“I’m not going to comment any further on it, I’m looking forward to the change of scenery and good things are to come.”