Paddy Gallagher handed tough comeback fight


Paddy Gallagher [15(9)-5(0)] will return to big fights immediately.

The Belfast welterweight lost out to Freddy Kiwitt in a tight fight in London back in February and will make his comeback in another competitive match-up.

It has been confirmed this afternoon that Gallagher will box Essex puncher Liam Wells [5(4)-0] on the #MTKFightNight at the Ulster Hall on Friday June 21st

The roundage of the fight is currently unconfirmed but it is assumed to be an eight-round contest.

The ambitious Wells made an early step-up last time out, beating former Southern Area lightweight champion Jumanne Camero over eight rounds last week.

Before his move into boxing, Wells was an accomplished kickboxer, winning a version of a world title.

The 24-year-old represents a tricky return to action for Gallagher who had been keen on a Kiwitt rematch.

In his York Hall clash with the German-Liberian, flash knockdowns cost Gallagher on the cards but the Commonwealth Games gold medallist remained positive afterwards and vowed to go again.

However, Kiwitt was not keen on a rematch and managed to circumnavigate a contractual clause which dictated this.

So, 30-year-old Gallagher begins his rebuild next month versus Wells who will be looking to add the Lenadoon favourite’s name to his burgeoning record

The fight, one of the chief supports to the light welter clash between Tyrone McKenna and Darragh Foley, will be shown live on YouTube and on the ESPN+ app in America.

Also confirmed for the bill is an eight-round lightweight clash between Kildare’s Gary Cully and game Frenchman Renald Garrido.

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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