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McCloskey show of steel lifts hope of Maidana Belfast bout

Paul McCloskey's brave fight back against Breidis Prescott, the man who KO'd Amir Khan, has enhanced the Dungiven man's reputation on the world stage.

The early signs are that McCloskey could be fighting again in Belfast, a city which deserves its reputation as a great bastion of boxing fans, against Argentine Marcos Maidana, who's top of the WBA light-welterweight rankings. But the fly in the ointment could be that McCloskey's unanimous win (two judges gave it 114-113 and one judge 115- 113), in what was a very close bout, looked to be a home town decision to some observers.

"Paul showed heart and desire to make sure this wasn't the end of the road in becoming a world champion," says promoter Eddie Hearne. "That's what earned him the victory. Paul has the ability and now he's shown he has the steel. People will have watched that and thought, 'There's money there'."