McCloskey confident of ‘doing a job’ on Morrison

HIGHLY rated light welterweight Paul McCloskey insists he has the ‘tools to do a job’ on Scotland’s Barry Morrison when they clash in Letterkenny next month.

It is fitting that McCloskey should choose the Donegal town for the second defence of his European title — his first was a mandatory punch-up with Giuseppe Lauri that ended in the 11th round — as the unbeaten Dungiven southpaw returns to the scene of his victory over former world champion, Cesar Bazan, in 2008.

Since then McCloskey is winning plenty of plaudits with Ring magazine featuring him in their top ten light welterweights while he is fourth in the world rankings.

The latter ranking has positioned McCloskey for a shot at the world’s elite with the likes of Amir Khan and Americans Tim Bradley and Devon Alexander the likely targets.

But the Derry man first wants to get past Morrison, a former British champion who has won 18 of his 22 professional fights.

He said: “I know all about Morrison, we came up though the amateurs together and he was at the same international tournaments as me.

“He’s a good fighter, he’s strong and is solid in pretty much everything he does. Obviously I believe that I have the tools to do a job on him.”

Morrison’s manager, Tommy Gilmour, has warned McCloskey that his man is determined to bring the title back to Scotland and he is anticipating a thriller on Saturday, October 2.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Barry that has come out of the blue,” he said at yesterday’s fight announcement at the Foyleside Shopping Centre in Derry.

“Barry realises that this is probably a now-or-never fight as realistically it will be his last chance to prove himself at European level.”

This Hunky Dory’s televised Fight Night is another Brian Peters’ promotion following the extravaganza at The National Stadium in mid-September which will feature two European title fights. In the chief supporting contest unbeaten Cavan star Andy Murray meets Johnny Nolasco (Dominican Republic) in a ten-round contest.

The card also features Dublin’s unbeaten featherweight prospect, Patrick Hyland, Irish heavyweight champ, Coleman Barrett, the three Cork-based Cuban sensations Alexei Acosta, Mike Perez and Luis Garcia, along with Mayo’s unbeaten super featherweight Finbarr Eade.

Promoter Peters is relishing the Donegal event.

“In Paul McCloskey and Andy Murray you have two fighters with 21 straight wins a piece,” he said.

“Both of them are tied in terms of having the longest winning streaks in Irish boxing but those records will be under threat in Letterkenny.

“Paul is knocking on the door of a world title shot now so he can’t afford any slip ups and Barry Morrison is a tough, seasoned pro who will be really fired up.

“Equally Andy Murray is in a very tough fight against Johnny Nolasco and it’s time now for Andy to step things up. Nolasco has only been beaten by world class operators and he is a real danger man.

“He’s a former Olympian and he was an exceptional amateur with a record of 288 wins and just 15 defeats. It is an acid test for Andy.”

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