PAUL McCloskey was left furious after suffering a shock defeat to Englishman, Dave Ryan in Leeds on Saturday night.
The 34 year-old will use the Christmas holidays to contemplate his next move after what he felt was a ‘sickening’ and ‘frustrating’ loss at the First Direct Arena.
Despite flooring his opponent at the start of the fourth round, ‘Dudey’ was out-pointed by the man from Derby who won on a 77-75 decision.
And while it was far from a virtuoso display from McCloskey, the decision surprised many in the Yorkshire arena.
It was a major setback for McCloskey who was hoping the eight round fight would be a tune-up for bigger and better things in 2014.
“Well, I’m certainly not happy,” said McCloskey.
“The noise in the arena said it all afterwards.
“So either everyone’s wrong and the referee’s right or else it was a terrible decision.
“If anything I thought I lost one round and maybe shared a round and I knocked him down in the fourth as well. “
The 34-year-old Dungiven southpaw is his own biggest critic and he wasn’t happy with his performance.
“I’ve been so inactive because of the games that go on outside the ring more than anything.
“While training is one thing you’ve got to be more active in the ring.
“So that had an affect as well. I’m sick as a dog to be honest.
“For me it was a below par performance but at the end of the day I know I won the fight and didn’t get the result and it’s sickening.
“If you’re beat then you accept that but to suffer a loss like that is sickening.”
Fight report on Page 65