Belfast Telegraph

King’s Hall next for champ McCloskey

By David Kelly

Paul McCloskey is being lined up for a first defence of his European light-welterweight title at the King's Hall.

After stopping Spanish champion Daniel Rasilla in the ninth round at the Meadow Sports Arena in Magherafelt on Friday night, the undefeated Dungiven man is looking ahead to an exciting 2010.

A voluntary defence of his belt is next and is likely to happen in February, with either a mandatory defence to follow or even a world title shot.

Coach John Breen had mixed feeling about McCloskey's performance even though he was never in trouble in what was a one-sided affair which lacked any real drama.

Breen said: “Obviously Paul's fans were pleased, there was a good atmosphere in the arena and he won the belt but I know there is so much more to come from Paul.

“I told him afterwards he was loading up too much trying to land the big bombs, which is not his natural style and he did say afterwards that he felt a little sluggish as well.

“But the Sky television people were impressed and the public were happy but if they think that was good then wait until they see him at his best.

“I've no doubt there's 50 per cent more to come from Paul and the better the opponent the better he will perform.

“A voluntary defence should be next and after that we'll see but maybe he needs a good test before a world title shot. There's a lot of talk about a fight with Amir Khan and we have said for some time that we would love that.”

British featherweight champion Martin Lindsey, who outpointed Ghana's Alfred Tettah, is expected to defend his belt against Jamie Arthur early in the new year as well.

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