Paddy Gallagher “ready to rock” ahead of step into the unknown

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The game plan for Friday night is almost already gone out the window.

Paddy Gallagher [10(6)-2(0)] goes into one the biggest fights of his career ready to get the job done, whatever it takes.

‘The Pat Man’ travels to the Wembley Arena in London to Tamuka Mucha [15(4)-0] in a British welterweight title eliminator that will broadcast live on Spike/Channel 5 and admits he isn’t clear on what to expect from his highly-rated upcoming opponent.

While experienced trainer John Breen may have put the tactics in place, Gallagher claims his sole plan is to win and, not only doesn’t care how he achieves it, he does not yet know how he is going to get over the line.

Speaking to Irish-Boxing.com the popular BBBofC Celtic Champion said that “I honestly don’t know about this fight, what way it will pan out. I’m going to go in and do what I’ve got to do and of something happens I’ll change accordingly.”

“I’ve heard all sorts about him [Mucha], a real complete mix. I have heard he is a a brawler, I’ve been told he is a boxer, a mover, a puncher, a non-puncher and more. He can’t be all of that so we will see how we get on on the night.”

“I’ll go in and do what I’ve got to do and come out with a victory by any means.”

Gallagher may be the the slight favourite with the bookies, but his opponent has certainly being getting more of the hype ahead the eliminator – possibly because of his English base and therefore his ticket-selling potential. However, some have suggested there is an away fighter feel for Gallagher going into the show promoted by Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions – especially considering that Mucha was recently used as a sparring partner for Cyclone’s Josh Taylor ahead of his Commonwealth title fight last month

The Commonwealth Games gold medal winner admits that he can’t help but notice the press given to his opponent, but isn’t concerned about possible underdog status.

“I know he’s be doing some videos, he’s been tagging me in them, f*ck sake!” laughed Gallagher

“I am not too fussed if I’m the underdog or not. I was the underdog when I went to Cardiff and I done alright,” the 27 year old added, referring to his sensational first round knock out win over Tony Dixon in May.

“As always, if I get the chance for a finish, I will go for the kill not a problem, I love it,” he continued before discussing a successful camp in Breen’s Gym.

“Training went really well. I’ve covered everything. I put a bit more conditioning work in, got a shitload of sparring with a complete mix of partners and the weight is grand, so I’m ready to rock.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie