Dungiven southpaw, Paul McCloskey will attempt to revive his professional boxing career when he returns to the ring against Bradley Saunders at the Metro Arena, Newcastle on March 29th.
The former WBA light-welterweight challenger (24-3), lost in controversial circumstances in his last outing three months ago against Dean Ryan and will view this fight as a ‘must win.’
McCloskey will feature on the undercard of Stuart Hall’s IBF Bantamweight title fight against Martin Ward at the North-East of England venue.
‘Dudey’ will certainly feel he has a point to prove against Saunders after being dropped from promotion company, Matchroom Sport recently.
British champion, Curtis Woodhouse - who has previous with McCloskey after a proposed fight with the former professional footballer fell through last year - has written off the Co. Derry man’s chances of winning the bout against Saunders.
Woodhouse has claimed on Twitter that ‘Dudey’ is “washed up,” and predicted a “nice easy fight for Brad.”
Saunders remains unbeaten after eight fights with six of those contests coming by way of knock-out, but this will be a huge step up in class for the Englishman.
However, Saunders sees this fight as a chance to kick-start his career, claiming victory over one of the best light-welterweights on the domestic scene will catapult him up the rankings.
“If you look at the ratings, McCloskey’s up there,” said Saunders.
“Curtis (Woodhouse) is in front of him. He’s retiring, and Amir Khan’s going up a weight. That means the man I’m fighting is No. 1 or thereabouts, so if I beat him, surely that leaves me in the No. 1 spot.”
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