Belfast Telegraph

You Khan't be serious

Paul McCloskey’s World title dream was controversially crushed last night by Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon when he stopped the fight with Amir Khan at Manchester’s MEN Arena in the sixth round due to a cut over the challenger’s left eye.

Brave Dungiven man McCloskey entered the ring with supreme confidence boasting an unbeaten record and despite losing the first five rounds against WBA light-welterweight champion Khan he was clearly relishing the challenge, frustrating Khan with his slick movement.

With the fight ruled to have been stopped due to an accidental head clash, the result went to the scorecards with all three judges making Khan the winner 60-54.

As McCloskey’s 6,000-strong fans chanted “cheat, cheat, cheat” promoter Barry Hearn jumped into the ring and started berating the officials and Team Khan, while the European champion’s coach John Breen also screamed at the referee — who acted on the doctor’s advice — for not allowing his corner to work on the cut.

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