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Added Incentive- Another major title on the line for Gallagher and Jenkins

Reward for victory on the already anticipated match up between Paddy Gallagher and Chris Jenkins set for the huge Féile an Phobail has just been increased. 

The Irish and Welsh fighters had been handed the chance to fight for the Commonwealth title on the Michael Conlan vs. Diego Alberto Ruiz undercard, but have now been handed extra incentive.

The victor at the Falls Park on August 3 will now be crowned British welterweight champion after the Lonsdale strap was put on the line.

The scrap was already the one of a number of eagerly anticipated match ups, but the added trinkets will add further interest, intrigue and indeed motivation for the due who trade leather on the on BT Sport and ESPN+ card.

Jekins already holds both the British and Commonwealth titles, but when the clash was initially announced it was revealed only his rainbow belt would be on the line.

However, MTK today confirmed the British strap is now up for grabs.

Gallagher [16(10)-5(0)] is back having destroyed Liam Wells last month and, following this Ulster Hall-hosted fight, will feature at the Falls Park in another major Belfast card.

In Welshman Jenkins [21(8)-3(0)-2] he has a much stiffer test and the chance to add two significant titles to his collection .

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Swansea’s Jenkins dethroned Johnny Garton in March to win the British title in a big upset but the Lonsdale belt.

The fight-anyone former Prizefighter champ has plenty of Irish previous having been narrowly defeated by Phil Sutcliffe Jr before drawing with Darragh Foley when their clash was ended early due to cuts.

Mick Conlan headlines the big Top Rank bill which will be shown live on BT Sport and ESPN+ where he will face Argentinian Diego Alberto Ruiz.

Joining Gallagher vs. Jenkins on a stacked bill are showdowns between Luke Keeler vs. Luis Arias, Alfredo Meli vs. Araik Marutjan, and Padraig McCrory vs. Steve Collins Jr.

Additionally there are fights for Paddy Barnes, Sean McComb, Dee Sullivan, Callum Bradley, and Seanie Duffy.

Gallagher said: “It’s amazing that the British is on the line. It’s more to win now, but it’s still the same fight after all so I’m really pleased with everything.

“Of course it’ll be good to win the British title, but I’m going to remain focused through the build up and I won’t overthink about things too much. The win alone against Jenkins is good enough for me, so collecting two belts via that win makes it top notch.”


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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com