Paul McCloskey did not make an appearance at the post-fight press conference but his promoter Eddie Hearn and winning opponent DeMarcus 'Chop Chop' Corley did.
Corley was asked how he would rate McCloskey as an opponent in comparison with some of the elite fighters he has faced such as Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto? Corley replied that McCloskey is ‘C level fighter’, before pausing to downgrade his rating to a –C level fighter.
Corley felt that the referee stopped the fight too soon, but also stated that he would have eventually got to McCloskey. ‘Chop Chop' acknowledged that McCloskey was a very awkward and tough opponent and revealed to the press that after he busted up McCloskey’s nose.
He told McCloskey in the ring - “your nose is broke!". However, Corley smiled as he regaled that McCloskey's forthright reply was "that's ok" - signally to Corley that there was still plenty of heart and fight in the Dungiven man.
Corley expressed his disbelief at finding out that he was actually behind on points on all three judges scorecards at the time of the stoppage. "That gives a bad name to boxing". He went on to bemoan that most of his previous losing streak of fights were not ‘real losses’.
Corley is looking to get into contention for a world title shot after this upset win. Hearn maintained that he would still be running the planned September show in Belfast with Frampton, Lindsay, O’Kane and Jamie Conlan all expected to fight on the card.
Hearn stated that he would speak with Paul McCloskey to see what he wanted to do and if it is a ring return then it could possibly be for a European Title shot.
The press conference was interrupted by the sounding of a fire alarm - several times. The media and everyone in the room were irritated by the noisy disruption but did not realise until the close of the press conference that there was actually a very small (contained) fire inside the Kings Hall, with a couple of fire engines packed at the entrance of the iconic venue.