“No Doubt” – Johnny Garton anticipates Paddy Gallagher British Title fight soon


British Champion Johnny Garton [23(10)-1(1)-1] believes a fight between him and Paddy Gallagher would be fan friendly and is likely, but claims the call whether the pair fight or not is Frank Warren’s.

The 31-year-old welter set himself up for a big 2019 when he stopped recent world title challenger Gary Corcoran to claim the British title in October.

Considering Belfast’s Gallagher [15(9)-4(0)] is highly ranked with the BBBoC, has fought on Warren shows before and was meant to fight Corcoran in a British title eliminator earlier this year he has been mentioned as a possible 2019 challenger.

Indeed, after his most recent win on the ‘King of the Celts’ card last Friday, the jovial and energetic character called for the clash among several others.

Peckham’s Garton, who wants to defend the Lonsdale belt, revealed the fight has yet to be put to him in an official capacity but does see a scenario where it might take place.

“I’ve seen on social media people saying we should fight, but that’s about it really. I’m sure our paths will meet. I’ve got the belt and Paddy is just behind me in the rankings. I’m open to fight anyone,” Garton told Irish-Boxing.com before stressing who he fights next is down to his team.

“I leave the matchmaking to my team and Frank Warren but, as I said, I’m very sure we will meet soon.”

“I don’t get involved in matchmaking, I just fight who’s put in front of me. My plans are to defend the British title so, no doubt, we will meet in the next fight or so.”

If the bout is made, the British champion believes the pair’s styles will mest perfectly and the fans will be in for a real treat.

I know Paddy is strong, likes to come forward, and has a good punch on him. I think me and Paddy would be a great fight and our styles would gel very well,” he added. 

Before Garton challenged for the vacant title Gallagher was keen for a fight with Corcoran having seen their clash in June fall through

‘The Pat Man’ admitted that he liked Garton more as a person and would relish the chance to settle some differences with Corcoran while claiming the title – and the lack of animosity is shared by Garton.

‘The Pexican’ noted how “I know Paddy, we met when we was both in Prizefighter.”

“He’s a really nice fella and we message each other from time to time.”

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Jonny Stapleton

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