‘Dudey’ mandatory challenger for EBU crownor not

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Paul McCloskey’s manager, Francie McNicholl has revealed the Dungiven southpaw has been installed as mandatory challenger for his former EBU European title.

The EBU light-welterweight title is currently in the possession of Italian, Michele Di Rocco but because ‘Dudey’ relinquished the title when offered the chance to fight Amir Khan for the WBA crown in 2010, he is entitled to challenge Di Rocco.

“The proposed (Chris) van Heerden fight seems to be dead in the water now because of Matchroom’s or Sky TV’s unwillingness to come to Belfast,” said McNicholl.

“However, Paul has just been made mandatory challenger for the European title against Di Rocco.”

And another option for McCloskey is to travel to the USA and attempt to break into that lucrative market explained McNicholl.

“As regards to the American thing we’ve been speaking to a few people in America and we’ve had ongoing conversations at the minute,” said McNicholl.

“Nothing has been tied down or agreed to at this stage.

“Paul’s open to suggestions and will look at any proposals that come his way.

“And the proposed July 13th fight against Curtis Woodhouse is definitely not going to happen. That would be a massive step down.”