Gallagher to manage ‘Problem’ behind closed doors- ‘Pat Man’ and McKinson set to fight ?

Paddy Gallagher [16(10)-6(0)] and Michael McKinson [18(2)-0] look set to settle their differences in a behind closed doors clash over the coming weeks.

Irish-boxing.com understands that a bout between the two noteworthy welters is close to being agreed and should be announced in the coming days.

When and where the fight will play out remains to be seen, but with all the recently announced MTK shows all having the full five fight quota it suggests it will be a TV clash.

What promises to be a intriguing clash seems destined for either the Matchroom Fight Camp cards or the Frank Warren BT studio cards.

The safe bet would be a Queensbury show, as the only space available on a Hearn card would be on the Pay Per View August 22 bill.

The fight was muted previously, indeed ‘The Pat Man’ turned a down a late notice offer to fight the former WBO European ranking title holder around this time last year.

Speaking at the time the BUI and BBBofC Celtic title winner said: “I turned down a fight with (Michael McKinson) in four weeks time in Brentwood.

“My reason was because I would love the fight in Belfast. I’ve always traveled for my significant fights. So all being well we can get the fighter here later in the year and he will get his wish for a domestic fight and won’t be avoided.

“I know what it’s like to get fights knocked back people not wanting to know. So the build up will be good and a lot on the line.”

‘The Problem’ is a Portsmouth native, but has Belfast roots and links. The 26-year-old southpaw has trained and sparred in the city will be known to Gallagher.

McKinson has been backed in some quarters to have a successful career and has impressed to date. However, Gallagher has always been confident of upsetting his fellow MTK fighter and will be hoping to use McKinson as a springboard back to title fight.

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 sport for a living for 19 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