A passionate Paddy Gallagher is adamant he defeated Chris Jenkins in Belfast on Saturday night and was wrongly denied the chance to call himself British and Commonwealth champion.
‘The Pat Man’ is defiantly claims he won enough of the eight scored rounds to ensure victory in front a 10,000 plus crowd – and was left hurt and disgusted when all three judges scored the fight 86-85, a card that gave Jenkins the win by technical decision.
The card infuriated a bias crowd, Gallagher’s team and the fighter himself although there were some from the ringside media who did have it ‘either way’ kind of close.
The Belfast entertainer believes a sixth round knockdown should have been the deciding factor and ensured a certain home win.
However, much to disgust the regularly hard done by fighter had to suffer once more.
Speaking to Second’s Out after having a degree of time to calm down Gallagher was as still hurt as he was angry.
“It’s only becoming clear to me now. Whats the points in judges scoring at all. I definitely won that fight,” Gallagher explained.
“I won at least three rounds guaranteed and I put him down heavy. I had him under pressure and punched him around the ring for a lot of the time. He did win a few rounds. He had me under pressure, not so much trouble.
“I definitely won that fight that fight, it was close, but the decider should have been the knockdown, but the decider was…I don’t know what it was.”
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The sense of injustice was palpable from Gallagher’s team and from the massive support, but from the outside looking it there was a real sense of sympathy for the Commonwealth Games medalists.
The 30 year old has entertained every time he has stepped through the ropes. He has certainly paid his dues on the road and has been the victim of some poor results- particularly one Stateside against Brad Solomon.
Saturday at the Falls Park was meant to be where things went his way. The popular fighter had home support for the first time in a big fight and was determined to win career changing titles in the chief support of a massive TV headliner.Q
However, Gallagher left the ring empty handed and he is adamant unjustly so.
“I am standing here with nothing in my hands and he is running around with two belts. ‘And still’, ‘and the new’. In your home back garden, on your show? A load of shit.I deserve much more. I get unfairly treated time after time.”
Even those that may have had Jenkins in front would have to admit the Belfast was slightly hard done by.
The referee stopped the fight in round nine citing “severe lacerations due to unintentional fouls” by Gallagher. At that stage Gallagher was taking control. Jenkins was cut over both eyes, he had visited the canvas and anything that landed to the body looked likely to send him back there.
If anything you could argue the cut over his left eye saved him in the end. While the defending British champion continued to box well could he have taken another three and a half rounds of Gallagher pressure?
Not to mention the fighter himself didn’t think he had it in the bag when the fight went to the cards earlier than expected. Indeed, he was looking for a rematch before the result was read out.
Gallagher is now hoping Jenkins still has a repeat desire- although Jamie Conlan explained post an entertaining night the Welsh fighter has mandatory challengers for both titles that have to be taken care of.
“He said about the rematch right away before an announcement came. Who wouldn’t want to see that. He has my two belts so of course I want that rematch. Whether he takes it or not (remains to be seen). Like I said in the presser I was going to be his hardest fight. He is in there now with his eyes busted up both sides, his ribs lying out the back of him somewhere. He was under serious pressure and eveytime I landed on him 60-70 percent he was gone. Whether he takes it without me being mandatory I don’t know.”