‘The Pat Man’ admits he believed beforehand that another reverse would force him to retire, but after watching his British title eliminator defeat to Tamuka Mucha back, he feels somewhat invigorated and eager to get to punching again.
“Before this fight I was thinking if I was ever to get beat again I would probably jack it in, but I’m really busting to get back fighting as soon as possible,” Gallagher told Irish-Boxing.com.
“I’m grand about the fight now, obviously I’d have been happier if I got the win, but I have been getting a lot of people’s opinions and thoughts from the fight and, watching it back, I’m happy enough – considering.”
The fact it was a tight majority decision defeat, and that Gallagher [10(6)-3(0)] had started so well, seems to have played a part in John Breen-trained fighter’s quite contentdemeanor.
The Belfast boxer also seems to have been able to break down the fight intellectually and sees where he can improve. The 27 year old felt he was dominating, but feels he fell asleep after the fifth.
“The first few rounds I felt really fine. I was hurting him every time I landed. Watching it back it didn’t look it but, when I hit him, he didn’t want to know. I was hurting him, before the fight I thought it’d be 10 rounds but after two I thought ‘I might stop him here’. But he turned out to be real tough and by the fifth he was going nowhere.
“We were only half way there so I sat back a bit to get the rounds in as I’d never went past six and he’s done a few 8 and 10 rounds. But when I sat back I fell asleep and let him get back into it and it put me off,” he added before suggesting he took a lot from the defeat.
“Watching it back, I thought I lost by a round or it was a draw, there were some real hard rounds to score. I took a few good things from it, the main being I am able to do 10 rounds which is a lot, as I said I’d done six rounds in one fight all the rest were four or less.”