Paul McCloskey is deciding on his future in professional boxing after his shock defeat to Demarcos Corley last weekend.
McCloskey has recently brought back some interest in Irish boxing with bouts against opponents such as Amir Khan and Bredis Prescott. However, after the former European Champion was defeated at the week end he is now considering whether or not he has a future in chasing a world title. The defeat was a huge set back in his hopes of capturing a world title and the Derry man said “I’ll have to sit down and see what happens now. I have a family to worry about now, I’ll sit down with them, we’ll chat about things, and see where we go from here. I’m gutted, the support’s been amazing. I’m sorry to all the fans and I was hoping to put on a display worthy of coming to see. Hopefully next time we’ll do something bigger and better.”
McCloskey was leading the fight nearing the end of the bout but lost the encounter in the final two rounds. The fighter could not put his finger on what exactly happened but feels he may have underestimated Corley who deserves a lot more credit. He said “It’s a bit too soon to figure out what the problem was. I was pretty flat. I felt good before the fight and my training went well and I felt great in the build-up to the fight. I’ll have to sit down and figure out what went wrong. I have to give Corley a bit of credit.
Over here we didn’t think we had a handy fight – he’s a quality operator. His record might say different but he’s a quality operator. This was last-chance saloon for him so he came and gave it everything. He caught me with a good shot,” he added before talking about the stoppage.
“I felt I could have fought on but obviously from the outside looking in I may not have been able to. But every fighter feels he can fight on. I’m gutted. It was a massive, massive setback for me.”