Paul McCloskey not fighting: Does he need a new promoter?
By Sean McDaniel: Paul McCloskey (23-1, 12 KO’s) defeated Breidis Prescott by a 12 round unanimous decision last year in September in a World Boxing Association title eliminator bout in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
It was thought then that the 32-year-old McCloskey and his promoters would then set up a title fight against WBA light welterweight champion Marcos Maidana or another big name fighter in the division. However, after four months McCloskey still doesn’t have an opponent lined up for his next bout.
Ideally, McCloskey should be fighting right now in this month under the best of circumstances but he’s not. At this pace, McCloskey may not fight until April and that would mean that he’d thrown away seven months of his career without fighting.
I think McCloskey may need to look at finding another promoter who can swiftly match him up with big opponents and help him get rematches against fighters like Amir Khan. He did a good job against Khan last year in April but when the fight was halted in the 6th due to a small cut that McCloskey had suffered after a clash of heads with Khan, he was out of luck.
His promoter couldn’t get him a rematch with Khan and it wasn’t until September that he got the fight with Prescott. Perhaps what McCloskey is a well-known promoter like Frank Warren who can keep him busy and put him in bigger fights without wasted time. McCloskey is getting up there in age and he can’t afford to just sit idle for long stretches without losing his sharpness as well as wasting his career.