McCloskey intent on making an impression as he makes ring return in Leeds

Northern Ireland- 24th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo - Matt Mackey / Presseye.''Paul McCloskey pictured training in Belfast.'

Northern Ireland- 24th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo - Matt Mackey / Presseye.''Paul McCloskey pictured training in Belfast.'

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Paul ‘Dudey’ McCloskey is intent on making a significant impression when he takes to the ring in Leeds tomorrow night.

The current Inter-Continental light-welterweight champion and former World title challenger will face Dave Ryan in an eight rounder in his first fight since September last year.

The Dungiven southpaw is excited about his return as he aims to shake-off the ring rust and he’s very much aware that he is running out of time if he wants to make it to the summit of the light-welterweight division.

“I am just looking forward to getting back into the ring and do what I do best,” said McCloskey this week.

Hoping to Impress

“It has been a long time since I last fought and it has been very frustrating”

“However, I want to win this fight and impress while doing it.

“This is a chance for me to be back up and running and 2014 could be a big year for me.

“This year has been hard and I had hoped to get on a few shows through the year, but I was let down on a few occasions.

“I am looking forward to this fight and getting back to fighting and getting back to winning ways,” he added.

‘Dudey’ has been sparring with his good friend and stablemate at Bernardo Checa’s gym, Eamonn O’Kane and he’s happy with how his training preparations have gone.

“Preparation has gone very well and I am up for this fight,” he claimed.

The show has sold out and ‘Dudey’ is excited about getting back to what he does best.

“It’s a big card with Stuart Hall fighting for the world title and it should be good.

“It is a chance for me to prove that I am still about and I have still got loads to offer.

“The key now is to get back to winning and get up the ladder.

“You haven’t got rid of me yet,” he concluded.

McCloskey takes on Ryan on the undercard of Stuart Hall’s IBF Bantamweight World Championship clash with South African, Vusi Malingaat the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

The action-packed bill will be shown live on Sky pay-per-view channel, BoxNation.