Friday 24 November 2017

Boxing: McCloskey shocked by ex-WBO champion DeMarcus 'Chop Chop' Corley

DERRY'S Paul McCloskey and Eamon O'Kane experienced mixed fortunes at the King's Hall in Belfast on Saturday night.

McCloskey, seeking to put himself back in contention following his failed world title tilt against Amir Khan last year, was shocked in the 10th by ex-WBO champion DeMarcus 'Chop Chop' Corley.

The Dungiven light-welter, who had never lost as a pro in Ireland, was edging his way toward a points decision but was stunned by a big right from the American with two rounds remaining. The shot wobbled McCloskey's legs and with blood running from his nose, referee Ian John-Lewis called a halt 2:28 into the frame.

"I will have to sit down and figure out what went wrong, but you have to give this man a bit of credit," McCloskey said. "This was last-chance saloon for this fella so he came and gave it a good go. He caught me with a great shot."

Promoter Eddie Hearn added: "If you want to fight Juan Manuel Marquez, then you have got to be beating people like DeMarcus Corley. If you are not on your game then you will lose to people like Corley.

"Paul was poor and he knows that he was poor. We were all happy to face Corley and he just upset our plans."

Meanwhile, O'Kane earned a unanimous decision over Mullingar's JJ McDonagh to claim the All-Irish Prizefighter Middleweight trophy and a cheque for £32,000 at the King's Hall.

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