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ITAL BE A REMATCH FOR PAUL.

Byline: JONNY STAPLETON

THE European Boxing Union has ordered Paul McCloskey give a European title rematch to Giuseppe Lauri.

McCloskey successfully defended his light welterweight crown against the Italian in the King's Hall on June 11, but it seems a lack of drug testing on the night gave Lauri's team grounds for appeal.

There is no suggestion of anything untoward. Lauri's team have just exploited a loop hole in EBU rules to ensure a second shot at the Derry man's belt.

Purse bids for the rematch will take place on September 11, but McCloskey could be allowed a voluntary defence before facing Lauri again.

"Paul has been ordered to fight Lauri again. It is not ideal and I don't see why there should be a rematch," said his trainer John Breen.

"I think they are just looking for another pay day. But this time round we will see the real Paul McCloskey."

Despite scoring a sensational 11th round knock out over the veteran pro, Breen believes 'Dudey's' first European defence was the worst performance of his career.

"I told Paul the last fight was the worst performance of his pro career. He fought Lauri's fight. I found out afterward that Lauri upset Paul in the weigh in and Paul wanted to sort him out.

"That's an old pro trick and Lauri got what he wanted. Paul didn't box to his ability and got hit more in that one fight than he did in his entire career. That won't happen again."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 3, 2010
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