Paddy Gallagher ruled out of Michael Conlan fight night with broken jaw
PADDY Gallagher faces at least two months out of boxing after an injury in training left him nursing a broken jaw.
Hard-hitting ‘Pad Man' had been preparing to fight Gary Corcoran on the undercard of next weekend's Michael Conlan versus Adeilson Dos Santos rumble at the SSE Arena on June 30.
However, he suffered the injury in sparring on Tuesday and the Belfast welterweight says he knew immediately the punch landed that his fight was in jeopardy.
“I got hit with a shot in sparring and I knew straight away,” he said.
“It's madness, but one of those things.”
Gallagher-Corcoran was one of the highlights of a bill that features several grudge matches as well as the Conlan-Dos Santos headline act.
Jono Carroll goes head-to-head with Declan Geraghty with light-welterweights Tyrone McKenna and Jack Catterall meet for the IBF Inter-Continental title.
Meanwhile, the vacant BBBofC Celtic super-bantamweight strap is on the line when Derry's Tyrone McCullough comes up against Scotland's Joe Ham.
Carl Frampton will be at ringside at the SSE Arena and he has backed headline act Conlan to become a global superstar.
"I can't wait to see him fight on June 30 and the undercard is phenomenal too.
“In the States he's with Top Rank and Bob Arum and that man has promoted Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. We're talking elite names here.
“People like Arum and Frank Warren really know what they're doing. If Mick plays it right, he has potential to become not just a big name in Ireland but a big name globally.
“When you watch him you can tell he's just a class act. He'a lovely boxer. He's very highly skilled and there aren't many fighters who can compete with him on how skilled he is.
“Mick's also looking like he is starting to punch a bit harder and that's something that will continue to develop as he gets older.
“Perhaps most importantly, he has the right mentality and if he plays it right, the sky is the limit for him.”