Paddy Gallagher: 'If I get beat it's effectively the end of my career'

Paddy Gallagher and Liam Wells ahead of their fight at the Ulster Hall. Picture Mark Marlow.
Andy Watters

PADDY Gallagher was on the verge of retirement after losing to Freddy Kewitt in a WBO European Welterweight title rumble in February.

That fight at York Hall could have been the breakthrough ‘Padman' was looking for but instead he had a frustrating night against the back-pedalling, elusive German who got his shots off and stayed out of trouble.

Gallagher stalked him relentlessly but couldn't close the distance often enough and tonight he takes on up-and-coming Liam Wells who stopped Sam Obidi on the undercard at York Hall. Gallagher knows he needs to win impressively to push on in his career.

“If I get beat it's effectively the end of my career,” he said.

“Two losses on-the-bounce at 30 years of age and losing to someone at 5-0… Climbing all the way back up is not something I want to do. After the Kewitt fight I said: ‘That's me done' but a few days later I said: ‘Nah, I want to go back in again'.

“Then they offered me this fight and I said: ‘Not a problem'. If he runs I'll know not to go chasing him, I'll cut off the ring. And if he comes towards me… It's his funeral.”

Tonight's bill.

WBC International Super-lightweight title: Tyrone McKenna (18-1-1) v Darragh Foley (17-13-1) Vacant WBO European Light Heavyweight title: Steven Ward (11-0) v Liam Conroy (17-4-1)

Welterweight: Lewis Crocker (8-0) v Karim Aliliche (11-8-2)

Welterweight: Paddy Gallagher (15-5) v Liam Wells (5-0)

Middleweight: Caoimhin Agyarko (3-0) v Paul Allison (6-2-1)

Super-middleweight: Taylor McGoldrick (3-0) v Genndai Stserbin (1-4)

Super-welterweight: Owen O'Neill (1-0) v Geiboord Omier (4-40-1)

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