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Gallagher geared up for Scottish test

 

By David Kelly

Belfast man Paddy Gallagher will seek to take his career forward with a successful defence of the Celtic welterweight title on Friday, October 6, in Edinburgh.

Gallagher was left bitterly disappointed when the Carl Frampton-Andres Gutierrez bill fell through as he was lined up for a prominent role on the show, but aims to bounce back with victory over Scotland's Gary Murray.

"It was tough when the fight fell through because I was out a lot of money on my training expenses but then this chance came up so I was back into training after a short holiday," said Gallagher.

"I'm hoping that a good win against Murray can push me on to have a big fight before the end of the year. There was some talk about a possible fight with Frankie Gavin and I've made it clear to my management that I'd be up for that. But first I have to deal with Murray and I'm sure his team think I'm just being brought over to get beat so they're in for a shock."

Meanwhile, light-heavyweight Steven Ward chalked up a fifth straight victory when he stopped Hungarian journeyman Tibor Nagy at the Devenish Complex on Saturday night. Ward, like so many of the local boxers, is in need of some good tests to really take his career forward rather than a series of bouts against eastern European journeymen.

Nagy was never going to be a challenge for Ward who took the Magyar apart in 90 seconds.

The main event saw Derry's Tyrone McCullagh win by disqualification when Craig Derbyshire was shown the door by referee Hugh Russell jnr in the second round.

Derbyshire's glove touched the canvas and then he took a few body shots which enraged the Englishman who charged McCullagh and held him in a lock which led to the disqualification.

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