By Diarmuid Sherry
Popular Belfast welterweight Paddy Gallagher will offer support to the Alfredo Meli-Conrad Cummings Celtic title fight on the Cyclone Promotions ‘All on the Line’ bill on November 20th.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games medalist who has lost twice (both defeats on Prizefighter, on the same night) fights in a 6 rounder at the Waterfront Hall, but admits he could have been fighting for a belt if plans were successful.
Gallagher revealed that “we were offered a hard fight, an exciting fight for the Celtic Title. We accepted it, but I don’t know why they didn’t take it, whether the money wasn’t right or they had other commitments.”
Some might feel that a title shot would be a risky move for the Belfast man, considering his record, but Gallagher takes a different view, explaining that “I have had 2 defeats within 8 fights, so it could seem like I have a bad record if I have another loss. But those losses both came on the same night, in Prizefighter.”
“It was a dramatic night, so they don’t really count. It may seem like I need to win, but it’s not life or death.”
After his Prizefighter setback, The Pat-Man is aiming to fast-track himself into big fights rather than hang around building a record, noting that “I really want to move on with my career. My last fight was with William Warburton, and it’s a nightmare because really he’s a journeyman.”
“I would like a title fight or a good fight with a tough opponent with a good record. Someone who is really going to push me so I can show people what I really do have.”
Indeed, such a chance may arise for Gallagher in the not-to-distant future.
Tickets for ‘All on the Line’ are available from £35 and can be bought from: The boxers involved / www.cyclonepromotions.com / www.waterfront.co.uk / or by calling 028 9033 4400.