Paul McCloskey says he wants a rematch af-ter his WBA world title bout with Amir Khan was stopped in the sixth round because of a ‘technical decision’ in MEN Arena, Manchester.
A clash of heads between the two light-welterweight boxers led to referee stop-ping the fight after Dungiven man McCloskey sus-tained a small cut above his left eye.
“I am totally shocked and I feel completely numb - it’s a ridiculous decision,” said a bitterly disappointed McCloskey after the fight.
The 31-year-old south-paw explained that the cut was “not that bad” and claimed that he could have carried on.
“We had a game plan to-night and everything was going well. I wanted to get the first few rounds over and done with and then I was going to put my foot on the gas,” said McCloskey.
“I can’t explain to you how angry I am. I spent the last nine weeks train-ing for this fight - I even left my family to prepare for it - I want a rematch, it’s as simple as that.”
Khan, 24, was booed when the announcer re-vealed that he was still the WBA light-welterweight champion.
Speaking moments after the fight had been stopped, the Bolton-born fighter claimed that had the fight continued he would still have won.
“I was the best fighter in there tonight,” said Khan.
“I won every single one of the six rounds and Paul McCloskey didn’t get a look in.
“I think the doctor made the right decision to stop the fight and I think Paul McCloskey made the right decision to not carry on
- if it had have been me I would have done the same.”
When told that McClos-key wanted to continue and did not make the deci-sion to stop fighting, Khan said otherwise.
“You can clearly see Paul telling the referee he didn’t want to continue - that’s what happened.”Khan was then quizzed on whether he would consider fighting the former St. Canice’s boxer again.
“Look, I am a world class boxer and Paul McCloskey is still at European level,” he said.
“I want to go on to big-ger and better things. Why would I consider taking a step back and fighting Paul McCloskey again?
“Paul is a tricky fighter and I think he coped with how fast I move very well tonight. I proved myself in there tonight and all that’s left for me to do now is go push on and challenge Timothy Bradley in America later this year.”
One Derry boxing fan who travelled to Manches-ter said that all those who had gone along to support McCloskey were disgusted.
Sean McGill PRO for PT’s Kick Boxing Gym said: “People have saved long and hard to get here. We are all disgusted and Paul McCloskey deserves a rematch.”