McCloskey defeated on ring return
Published Sunday, 22 December 2013
Former world title challenger Paul McCloskey suffered a surprise defeat on his return to the ring on Saturday night, losing a points decision to journeyman fighter Dave Ryan in Leeds.
Paul McCloskey, pictured last year. (© Pacemaker)
McCloskey, who was making his first appearance since beating Manuel Perez at the Odyssey Arena in September 2012, had moved up to welterweight for his comeback contest, and looked to have shaken off any ring-rust when he dropped his larger opponent with a body shot in the fourth round.
However, Ryan hauled himself from the canvas and mounted a comeback, eventually winning the bout on a narrow points decision.
The defeat means the 34-year-old former British and European champion, who controversially lost to Amir Khan in his only world title shot in 2011, has now lost two of his last three fights and takes his professional record to 24-3.
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