FeaturesHeadline NewsLow Blows

Low Blows: ‘The Pat Man’ Paddy Gallagher

Such is the craziness of a Carl Frampton fight week, we are a day late with Low Blows this week.

Thankfully though it’s worth the wait as BBBoC Celtic champion and 2010 Commonwealth gold medalist Paddy Gallagher [10(6)-3(0) takes the test.

The hugely popular Belfast welter is a big hitter with a pair of gloves on, and he has a sharp tongue to match.

Q: Hardest Trainer?
A: Both Conlan lads would be up there. I trained with Mick a good bit, and with Jamie a short while, although I hear he’s a die hard. Jason Quigley and Eamonn O’Kane too, they’re machines.

Q: Biggest Moaner?
A: Any boxer who is getting tight making weight. Paddy Barnes was the king at this.

Q: Funniest?
A: I was going to me here because I’m good craic, but I remembered about the time we went to the Four Nations. Anto Cacace had me and Donall Burns laughing for the entire week or so while we were away, just having a go at people. He’s surprisingly funny.

Q: Biggest Ladies’ Man?
A: Mark Ginley in his day – many moons ago. He was at it at an early age. But he’s hung up his gloves and is a married man. Chose the better side of life.

Q: Most Intelligent?
A: Martin Lindsay has got his head screwed on academically and in general life. Sharp as f*ck too when sparring so that helps.

Q: Least Intelligent?
A: Tyrone McKenna! Buck eejit. If it wasn’t for boxing he’d have no hope. He once beaked school and hid in the wardrobe in his bedroom all day. That’s insane.

Q: Hardest Puncher?
A: Mark Morris was knocking boys out cold from the age of 14 at 46kg. Sparred a shit lot with him which is where I learned the hard way to have a good tight peekaboo guard.

Q: Most Naturally Talented?
A: Very popular, especially with the lads from the west. Anthony Cacace, makes it look easy.

Q: Cheapest?
A: Has anyone NOT said Connor Coyle?

Q: Worst Dancer?
A: There’s our Mighty Celt [Tyrone McKenna] again.

Q: Worst Dress Sense?
A: I remember we went to the Four Nations with Eddie Myers. Popular as it was, he had the dark bottoms tucked down the white socks with black school shoes. Thought it was a mess about the first day, but he was still wearing the same ones to the competition, 8 weeks later.

Q: Biggest Messer?
A: Barnes, Mick Conlan, or Tyrone McCullagh definitely. They were dynamite to live around. Burning clothes, hiding gear, and holding valuables at ransom. Nobody was safe.

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