19 April 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Paul McCloskeys Amir Khan rematch hopes have downgraded from slim to none after it was revealed the WBA have no power to enforce a repeat.
Seen as the the Golden Boy fighter was making a voluntary and not mandatory defence of his WBA light welterweight world title in the MEN arena last Saturday night the governing body havent the authority to grant a the Dungiven star second shot at title he craves. McCloskeys rematch faith will now be decided by team Khan and his promoters Golden Boy. And considering what both the fighter and his promoter have been saying over the last few days a second WBA tilt will not materialise. The British Boxing Board of Control revealed that they are awaiting a letter from Matchroom and the Hearns before contacting the South American based governing body re an inquiry.
The Board stress that they have no authority to prompt a McCloskey WBA world title return, and even more interestingly revealed neither can the WBA. A slap on the wrist for the officials is all the WBA can give.
Firstly the British Boxing Board of Control have as of yet to receive an official and detailed letter from McCloskeys promoters. Until we do that we cant do anything, but we cant hold an investigation regardless. The investigation has to be held by the WBA and because it was a voluntary defence they cant give a rematch, BBBofCs Northern Irish Area Council Secretary and Representative on Referees’ Committee John Campbell told www.irish-boxing.com. The only thing they can do is question the referee and the doctor involved and take action regarding them. Basically all they can do is say Paul was hard done by.