Paddy Gallagher to face former Scottish champion in Belfast comeback bout

Paddy Gallagher [10(6)-3(0)] makes his return to the ring this Saturday night in his native Belfast, and the Lenadoon welter has been given something of a test.

Out of action since his British title eliminator loss to Tamuka Mucha back in November, ‘The Pat Man’ will return over eight rounds on the Matchroom ‘Belfast Boy’ bill at the SSE Odyssey Arena where Ryan Burnett challenges IBF bantamweight champ Lee Haskins.

On the Sky Sports card, in what will be his debut for MTK, Gallagher will face former Scottish champion Craig Kelly [9(2)-10(4)-1].

The Paisley puncher won the BBBoC Scottish belt back in 2014 with a win over Billy Campbell, avenging a 2012 loss. He would lose the belt the following yea against Matthew McAllister and would unsuccessfully challenge for the then-vacant title this March against Sam Ball.

The 34 year old Scot presents a tougher than expected comeback bout for Gallagher, albeit one which the Commonwealth Games medalist will be expected to win, perhaps by stoppage.

The Burnett-Haskins undercard at present also features an Irish cruiserweight title fight between Luke Watkins and Ian Tims, Feargal McCrory v Paul Holt, James Tennyson v Ben Jones, Paul Hyland v Adam Dingsdale, and appearances from Carl McDonald, Sean Magee, Matt Wilton, Tyrone McCullagh, Padraig McCrory, and the return of Mike Perez.

Tickets for ‘Belfast Boy’ on June 10th at the SSE Odyssey Arena cost £30, £40, £60, £100, and £150 (VIP), and can be bought from the boxers involved or HERE.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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