Amir Khan vs McCloskey
April 17, 2011 by staff
Amir Khan, Problems back home with Amir Khan ended in another note of controversy when the English defense of his crown against WBA welterweight champion Paul McCloskey light Europe ended prematurely after a clash of heads in the sixth.
Khan started the brighter of the two; with the champion to be able to pierce the defenses McCloskey, seemingly at will thanks to his superior hand speed and shot selection.
McCloskey refused to be bowed and showed great heart and strength in defending frequent gusts to Khan, but struggled to mount much offense of their own. Instead, it seemed as if the smaller, lighter McCloskey was waiting to test the fitness of a Khan, who was rumored to have struggled with weight reduction.
“I was fighting for a game plan,” said the Irishman after the fight. “I could see it was working when he was tired.”
McCloskey, however, would not have the opportunity to put into action their tactics rope-a drug-towards the end of the sixth round that was cut after a clash of heads. Although the court is far from the eyelid and is relatively small with little blood flowing, the ring doctor ordered the fight stopped.
Cue chaotic scenes as the referee tried to restore order in the camp of Khan rushed to celebrate, while her McCloskey protested angrily with ringside officials.
“The worst thing I’ve seen stop,” complained Barry Hearn, owner of the promoter Matchroom McCloskey, immediately after the fight. “We all have won tonight,” he told the assembled reporters. “The fans have been deprived of a great fight, and Paul had taken his dream.”
Finally order was restored, and the cards after six rounds could read. It was a mere formality with a few contenders Khan had deservedly taken all six rounds. But the bad blood only continued but also spilled over into scenes of farce in the press conference after the fight.
McCloskey field protested angrily with Khan’s promoter, the former champion Oscar De La Hoya, who batted away questions about whether the fight should have been stopped with the response formula: “I’m not a doctor.”
McCloskey field called the European champions have a chance to avenge controversial loss, something that neither De la Hoya or are interested Khan
“Yes, you deserve a rematch,” said a conciliator de la Hoya, “but now I have my plans for Khan to fight to unify the titles.”
Khan was even more emphatic, dismissing the idea that McCloskey deserved a rematch.
“Listen to the champ” and rebuked the former challenger after saying the Irish. “You should be happy that the fight ended that way, because I would have knocked out.”
Khan showed little sympathy for his opponent disappointed, criticizing his performance as his posture, conditioning and the lack of offense.
“Job done” was the blunt assessment of his work Khan night.
Understandably, McCloskey and his team agreed. After De La Hoya ended the press conference, Hearn told the audience, “The British Boxing Board of Control have confirmed it will launch a full investigation with the World Boxing Association, and we demand a rematch.”
McCloskey angrily refused comments clear from Khan and cckroaches that had stopped in the sixth assault, insisting that despite the doctor telling him that the court was wrong when he went to the corner, they were able to stop the bleeding with only a rag a towel.
“I can not believe how it ended,” reflected a disappointed McCloskey. “It was a life’s work.”
And when asked whether he thought the fight would have been stopped if the roles were reversed and Khan had a small cut on his forehead, there was only one answer: “Not a hope in hell”
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