Eddie Hearn hoping to align Paul McCloskey with Juan Manuel Marquez

17 Apr

On The Beak – Admin

Paul McCloskey’s May 5 clash with DeMarcus Corley at the Kings Hall, Belfast in Northern Ireland has taken a new twist after he was named as a possible opponent for Juan Manuel Marquez’s July 14 fight in Texas. The WBO interim light welterweight champion takes over Cowboys Stadium that night and the four-weight king has been linked with a fight with Dudey after his promoter suggested his preference for a southpaw opponent.

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Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

McCloskey faces the former WBO champ ‘Chop Chop’ Corley in May in a huge night for boxing for the city, with the all-Irish middleweight Betfair Prizefighter, Martin Lindsay and Jamie Conlan all in action, and now McCloskey’s promoter Eddie Hearn says the show has taken on even greater significance with the former unbeaten European champion in the running for a shot at the pound-for-pound Mexican great (pictured left).

“Paul’s name has been mentioned by Marquez’s team in the last week and I reached out to Top Rank yesterday to let them know that we’d love the fight,” said Hearn. “I think we are in with a decent chance but a convincing win against Corley in front of a packed King’s Hall crowd would strengthen our case for a July clash with Marquez.”

McCloskey added: “It’s an honour to be linked with a showdown with Juan Manuel and it’s a dream fight for me. May 5 has always been a pivotal night for me as I aim to get back into world title contention, and this news has made a huge occasion even bigger.”

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