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Gallagher hits back with bang to earn stoppage



Paddy Gallagher

Paddy Gallagher

Paddy Gallagher

Paddy Gallagher was back with a bang at the Ulster Hall last night as he put his WBO European title defeat in February behind him by blasting through Liam Wells in three rounds.

As soon as Gallagher landed with a crushing left, he needed no further encouragement as he saw Wells had unsteady legs and piled on the pressure, landing a succession of hooks that forced referee John Lowey to step in and wave the fight off.

"I saw he was hurt and just jumped on him as I knew the referee would step in," said Gallagher. "That's me back now so I'd love to get out again soon."

Caoimhin Agyarko enjoyed an almost perfect home debut as he boxed beautifully to a 60-55 points win over the game Paul Allison at middleweight.

The former Holy Trinity amateur injured his left hand in the opening round, but still had far too much for the Scot who simply couldn't stem the tide.

Lewis Crocker scored a third straight points win to improve to 9-0 as he stormed to a 60-53 success over Karim Alilche.

Crocker had the Frenchman down in the first round with a huge left, but Alilche showed his mettle as he withstood an onslaught of sickening body shots and hooks.

Owen O'Neill improved to 2-0 with a 40-37 points win over Geiboord Omier at light-middleweight.

There was no such luck for Taylor McGoldrick as a home run right from Gennady Stserbin saw the Coalisland man knocked out after 2.24 of the opening round.

Belfast Telegraph

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