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The house came alive with the roars of the hometown crowd every time their fighter landed a combination, but that couldn't disguise the fact that Paul McCloskey made tough work of beating Manuel Perez last night. In front of a packed out Odyssey Arena, where we saw him win a decision over Breidis Prescott a year ago, Paul McCloskey pulled his career from out of the fire with a unanimous decision win.

Leading up to this fight Paul had been on a bad run with two losses out of his last three fights, and his win over Breidis Prescott was actually a bad decision from the judges, with many believing Prescott had the upper hand that night. McCloskey was looking demotivated and lacking in confidence, and it was well known to everybody that last night was a career saver or career ender.

McCloskey needed a win and he got one, so his career is safe. But he didn't look good doing it.

Perez is a tough fighter, having only lst one fight by KO, but he isn't a world beater. McCloskey wasn't able to cause Perez and kind of real damage, and many of his punches seemed feather-fisted. We all know that McCloskey doesn't have power, but he seems to be losing the ability to outbox his opponents. That was blatantly obvious last night when we saw him leave his face unprotected time after time, giving Perez golden punching opportunities. Lucky for McCloskey Perez only has a 14% KO rate, because someone with power would have sent Paul to the floor.

To give credit where it's due, McCloskey was by far the deserved winner, and toward the end of the match he had a smile on his face and some of his trademark cockiness returned. I would tell him to be careful though, because Perez is nowhere near a world level fighter,yet there were times when he found success against MacCloskey. I don't think he should be fighting for a world title in the next twelve months, although Dudey might feel differently. I'll leave you with a quote from McCloskey to BoxingScene:
"If I'm at my best I can beat anybody. That's how I feel and if you don't feel that way you shouldn’t be in the business."