He didn’t quite put the kettle and get his feet up, rather Paddy Gallagher took up the kettle-bells to keep him occupied.
The popular 9-2 welterweight, who hasn’t fought since November, was like a few Irish punchers suffering the frustrations of inactivity and as a result he considered hanging up his gloves after just 11 fights.
Indeed he took to competitive kettle-belling just to keep some form of competition in his life.
However, he now trades back the kettle-bell for the ring bell after securing a fight in Wales next month. In fact Gallagher hasn’t just been handed a keep busy fight by Cyclone Promotions, he will challenge for the BBBofC Celtic title on live TV.
It’s just the opportunity he has been waiting for.
“This is a big opportunity to get going. It’s a hard game this boxing. I was debating whether to keep boxing or what because nothing was happening and it was like hitting my head of a brick wall,” Gallagher told Irish-boxing.com.
“That’s why I was doing the kettlebells, some competitiveness in my life and I have used them before as part of conditioning for boxing,” he added before stressing what winning the title could do for his career.
“Getting this win will work wonders I imagine. That’ll be 10 rounds in the bag, if it lasts that long, and a good ranking so hopefully more title fights or eliminators.”
Gallagher isn’t just happy to be getting a shot at a title that could propel him up the rankings the Belfast puncher is also delighted to with his May 14 opponent.
The former Prizefighter contestant claims it’s a fight he has wanted for some time.
“I got offered this fight when I was 3-0 and he was 2-0 but he didn’t take it. Then back in February we got offered this fight and took it right away.
“Since I’ve got this fight I’ve bren buzzing it’s the type of one I’ve wanted for a while. To be honest I don’t really see what he’s got to beat me. I know it’s a hard fight but just don’t see what he can do that’ll be too much for me. I’m flying in training now I’ve had some class sparring and have Dean Byrne coming over for two weeks, which is smashing.”