LEGENDARY TEN-time world champion, Oscar De La Hoya believes Paul McCloskey has a bright future ahead of him in the sport and admitted the Dungiven man deserves a second shot at WBA champion, Amir Khan.
The owner of the Golden Boy Promotions boxing empire, however, refused to get involved in the decision of referee, Luis Pabon to call a sudden end to Saturday’s world title showdown, claiming he had witnessed fights being stopped with cuts half the size of that sustained by McCloskey.
“Does he deserve a rematch? Yes he does,” said De La Hoya. “We have our plans and I’m sure Team McCloskey have their plans and their plans are not going to be derailed because of this.
“We had an outstanding crowd, great support. It was really unbelievable the tremendous show that both fighters brought to the ring the heart, the talent. Paul really gave a good performance and as you can see that was why he was undefeated. Because he’s talented and I feel he’s going to have a bright future ahead of him.”
De La Hoya was wholesome in his praise for McCloskey and his ability as a world title contender when telling him at the post fight press conference: “You’re still a hell of a fighter, that’s for sure, you’re going to continue. Will the rematch happen? You never know. I can’t tell the future, but does he deserve it? Absolutely.”
However, the much revered ‘Golden Boy’ refused to get dragged into the reasons behind the controversial stoppage.
“The fight was stopped. Amir is not a doctor, I’m not a doctor but that doctor who stopped the fight, that was his job and he stopped the fight. But what were the scorecards at the time. It’s not my job to stop the fight. I’ve seen fights stopped for cuts half that size. So I don’t know. The doctor stopped it so what can we do?”
“All I can say is Amir won and now we have to go and unify the titles. Amir won the fight I believe he put in a good performance Paul brought a lot of heart and talent to the table and that’s why I say he will go very far.”