HomeBoxing10 Years On – Remembering Khan v McCloskey the cut, the controversy and the post-fight media clash – Irish Boxing
10 Years On – Remembering Khan v McCloskey the cut, the controversy and the post-fight media clash – Irish Boxing
April 16, 2021
It tooks six rounds for ‘Sure He Khan’ to show into ‘We Khan’t consider it’.
10 years in the past right this moment Irish followers flooded the MEN Enviornment hoping to witness one of many best wins in Irish boxing historical past dwell.
Paul McCloskey was taking over international identify Amir Khan and there was an actual sense the Derry slylist might trigger an upset.
Granted ‘Dudey’ wasn’t famend as the most important puncher however John Breen, his then coach, was adamant his cost would see out the early rounds earlier than touchdown clear on the temple of doom and make the Bolton native dance within the second half of the combat.
Nonetheless, a reduce attributable to a conflict of heads prompted a controversial stoppage and we by no means acquired to see if Breen’s predictions would come true.
It needs to be mentioned Khan had seemed comparatively comfy up and till that time however nonetheless, there was an enormous sense of injustice after the combat.
Ten years on we glance again on the combat and the autumn out:
Dungiven’s McCloskey traveled with a military of Irish followers to Manchester again in 2011 to problem Khan for the WBA strap. The combat was fairly actually reduce quick a lot to the disgust of Staff McCloskey, the Hearns, Irish combat followers and even the Irish media on the venue.
A conflict of heads within the sixth noticed the referee pull McCloskey out and the decision went to the playing cards with Khan profitable a unanimous technical choice
Such was the ire of the Irish media post-fight that their British counterparts turned disgruntled and demanded a ban on rematch questions on the post-fight press convention, just for legendary scribe Gerry Callan to threaten to begin an Irish vs England combat of a distinct variety there after which.
A younger Hearn wasn’t going to let up both and was greater than content material to scream injustice immediately after the conflict and sang off the identical hymn sheet through the days and weeks that adopted.
Hearn lodged a grievance with the British Boxing Board of Management inside minutes of the ultimate bell within the MEN Enviornment. The Matchroom boss, whose father Barry, probably impressed by Callan’s bravery, got here near buying and selling blows with Khan’s administration immediately after the bout, pressured the Board had agreed to bear an investigation with the WBA with a view to securing a rematch.
Hearn, then attempting to forge a repute as an enormous promoter, even claimed the officers confirmed such a level of ineptitude in stopping the sunshine welterweight title combat that they need to think about a change in occupation.
Talking after the conflict, Hearn passionately questioned: “Will we get a rematch? More than likely not.”
“Does Paul McCloskey deserve one?”
“Actually. Will we combat to attempt guarantee he will get one other probability? After all that’s what we do for our fighters.”
“We now have already spoken with the board and so they have confirmed the need ask for a full clarification from the WBA. It was a really unusual finish to the combat. Usually they take the fighter to the nook and take a look on the reduce.”
“I don’t perceive why they didn’t do this. Paul has skilled since he was six years outdated to be a world champ and also you don’t give him 30 seconds to complete the spherical or give the nook the chance to try to do one thing is a shame, Hearn defined earlier than suggesting the choice would have been totally different if their was a reduce position reversal.”
“If Khan would have suffered an analogous reduce there isn’t a probability this combat would have been stopped. Paul was assured of profitable the combat because it was made. He was assured within the ring and through the ring stroll. Okay he was behind on factors, however he wasn’t being outclassed.”
“Everyone knows Khan is a quick starter and Paul is a powerful finisher, the combat was on no account over. I’m very disenchanted with Amir Khan and Freddie Roach for suggesting on radio straight after the combat that Paul wished to stop. That actually isn’t the case and I would like everybody to know that.”
An incensed but optimistic Hearn did try to take some positives out of was in the end a disastrous conflict claiming if nothing else McCloskey had proved his World title credentials.
The Matchroom man additionally had his first style of Irish help and – though he was the panto villain the following time the Irish combat fan invaded Manchester for Carl Frampton’s victory over Scott Quigg – the promoter did expressed some fan love after the combat.
Certainly if that HBO-aired conflict was the beginning of Hearn and Khan’s ‘variations’ it may also have been the beginning of the promoter’s Irish fan respect.
“The Irish followers have been additionally unbelievable. It’s unprecedented in boxing. They came to visit of their hundreds and created an environment that made the hairs in your neck get up. No different followers would journey like that, you wouldn’t get that in an away recreation in a soccer match.”
“The actual fact it wasn’t on Sky is one other disgrace trigger with a much bigger TV viewers that crowd would have made fighters and positively promoters sit up and take be aware. They’d be saying Paul is a reputable performer and an ideal ticket vendor and different champions would definitely be tempted into preventing him.”
ALSO READ: Our ringside combat report from 10 years in the past.