Paddy Gallagher to defend BBBoC Celtic title in hostile territory

The always-entertaining Paddy Gallagher [11(7)-3(0)] has secured another big fight.

It has been confirmed today that the Belfast welterweight will defend his BBBoC Celtic title in Scotland in October.

28 year old Gallagher will put the belt on the line for the first time against local favourite Gary Murray [12(0)-0] at the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh on Friday October 6th.

The all-MTK battle will be Gallagher’s first defence since winning the belt in May 2016 with a stunning stoppage of Welshman Tony Dixon.

For Murray, it is a massive step up in class, with 29 year old ‘The Mint’ never having gone past six rounds.

‘The Pat Man’ was due to fight for the IBO Continental title on the Carl Frampton homecoming card last month before the show was unfortunately cancelled, but the Lenadoon man will be delighted to get another big fight date.

Last time out, in June, Gallagher stopped former Scottish champion Craig Kelly in the third round.

The fight in just over eight weeks time will take place on a massive card which features British title fights at heavyweight, between Gary Cornish and Sam Sexton, and at cruiserweight, between Matty Askin and Stephen Simmons, as well as another BBBoC Celtic title fight at super middleweight between Rhys Pagan and Tommy Philbin.

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