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Freddy Kiwitt believes he has the skill and power to beat Paddy Gallagher and change his life

Freddy Kiwitt believes his punching power matches up to that of Paddy Gallagher’s and is confident he can change his life with victory over the Belfast man on February 22nd.

The Liberian-born German, now based in London, and ‘The Pat Man’ trade leather for the WBO European welterweight ranking title at York Hall in just under three weeks’ time and Kiwitt believes victory will propel his career forward.

The former Southern Area champion is a solid underdog for the clash but feels he is a better boxer than Commonwealth Games gold medallist Gallagher.

Kiwitt [14(8)-2(0)] believes the bout will be a clash of styles and expresses the opinion that BBBofC and BUI Celtic title winner Gallagher [15(9)-4(0)] is a ‘brawler’ while he is more of a slick operator. 

However, on top of this, ‘Pretty Boy’ isn’t paying heed to Gallagher’s reputation as a puncher and suggests that he can hit just as hard.

Kiwitt outlined how “I’m more of a classic boxer and he’s more of an aggressive brawler. Everyone talks about his punching power but I’ve got a similar number of knockouts, so it should make for a really good fight.”

The 28-year-old comes into the bout with a new training team and is now self managed. He had some promotional issues in 2018 but claims he is now in a good place surrounded by good people and ready to move to the next level with his career.

A WBO European title and a ranking with the major body – current champion: Terence Crawford – would certainly do that.

Kiwitt noted that “everything’s going really well and it’s all truly a blessing. Now I am with a good team and, for me, this is a new beginning.”

“I feel like I can choose my own people and I feel mentally so much freer because I’m working with people I trust.”

Kiwitt, who is heavily involved in boxing charity ‘Butterfly Affect’ and is also an ambassador to the Liberian Boxing Association, is extremely motivated.

The fighter welcomed a second son in December and is viewing his clash with Gallagher as a potentially life-altering moment for him and his family.

The confident Kiwitt described how “I know that this fight will change not just my life but theirs as well.”


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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