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Belfast boxer Gallagher prays for rival Gary Murray, hospitalised after bout

By David Kelly

Belfast boxer Paddy Gallagher has expressed his heart-felt desire to see rival Gary Murray make a full recovery after the Scot was hospitalised following their bout last Friday night.

Murray, unbeaten going into their British Boxing Board of Control Celtic welterweight title fight, was taken to hospital after being stopped by Gallagher in the last minute of their 10-rounder in Edinburgh'. But the full extent of his injuries was not known until yesterday.

The 28-year-old Scot, who took some heavy punishment in the final moments, is in a stable condition after a CT scan revealed a serious issue. Gallagher said his prayers were with Gary, adding: "I managed to get speaking to his partner Kerry to express my concern for him and I just hope that Gary makes a full recovery.

"After the fight I knew that he had been taken to hospital but nobody knew how serious a condition he was in. He needed an operation and was then put into an induced coma in intensive care. I had wanted to go and see him before I came home to Belfast but that wasn't possible because he was in intensive care.

"I've been told the operation went well and that because he was taken straight to hospital after the fight that was a big plus because he was able to get the attention he needed right away. I just hope he is going to be all right."

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