McCloskey's world title regret

  • Last Updated: September 2 2014, 11:56 BST

Paul McCloskey has revealed his regret at failing to land a world title after announcing his retirement.

Paul McCloskey (l): Failed to take WBA belt from  Amir Khan
Paul McCloskey (l): Failed to take WBA belt from Amir Khan

The 35-year-old Dungiven man has called time on his career after 27 fights, including European and British title victories.

But McCloskey fell short at the top level, suffering a technical decision defeat against Amir Khan in his only shot at a world crown.

A serious cut brought a premature end to his 2011 WBA title challenge and the Northern Irishman believes he was cruelly denied the chance to become a big name in the light-welterweight division.

“I had a good career and I picked up a British and European title along the way. I also still believe I should have been a world champion but certain things went against,” he told the Belfast Newsletter.

“You need luck at times and I maybe did not get that rub of the green when I needed it.

“But I believe I had the talent and the ability to get my hands on a world title - but it was not meant to be.

“I have no regrets and I am bowing out because I am not getting any younger.”

McCloskey halted Colin Lynes to become British champion in 2008, while another stoppage win over Daniel Rasilla earned him the European belt the following year.

He also holds a points win over Breidis Prescott, the Colombian who knocked out Khan, but defeats by DeMarcus Corley and Dave Ryan ended his hopes of further title shots.