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'I'm absolutely raging': Paddy Gallagher demands rematch after controversial call in defeat to Jenkins

 

Disappointed: Paddy Gallagher (left) lost his British and Commonwealth title fight against Chris Jenkins in controversial fashion
Disappointed: Paddy Gallagher (left) lost his British and Commonwealth title fight against Chris Jenkins in controversial fashion
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Paddy Gallagher is demanding an immediate rematch with Chris Jenkins after the controversial decision that meant the Welshman returned home with the British and Commonwealth welterweight belts.

Gallagher gave the performance of his career on Saturday night at the Falls Park, flooring Jenkins in the sixth round with a nasty body shot, but the bout was ended at 1:42 of the ninth by referee Howard Foster due to the Welshman's cuts above both eyes, particularly the left.

Due to Foster deciding the damage had been done due to accidental head clashes rather than Gallagher's blows - as most at ringside believed - the verdict went to the scorecards and Jenkins was declared the victor by all three judges, 86-85.

After a relatively quiet start to the 12-rounder with the first four rounds being shared, Gallagher took full command from the sixth round onwards and blood was dripping from the left eye of Jenkins in the eighth round as the Belfast man patiently marched him down, working particularly well to the body but also utilising a solid left lead.

The momentum was with Gallagher when the stoppage came and it was scant consolation to the Belfast man that Jenkins admitted afterwards that he felt he was behind on the cards.

"I put the pressure on him, and he was clearly scared of me," said Gallagher.

"What am I to do, this was supposed to be my night.

"This meant a lot to me... I'm absolutely raging.

"I knew it was close but I opened up his face like a fish and had him down.

"What more do I have to do to win a title?

"There has to be a rematch, the British Boxing Board of Control have to give me that chance after this decision."

The champion's coach Gary Lockett said he would be willing to grant Gallagher another shot at the belts, but also mentioned the fact that Jenkins was now facing the demands of a mandatory challenger.

He was also adamant that in his opinion Jenkins was ahead when referee Foster called a halt.

"I thought Chris was way ahead in the fight and I thought the only round that he lost was the one he got put down in," said Lockett.

"But even though he got dropped, I still thought he was winning the round up to then and there may have been one or two that were close after that but I thought he won it comfortably and I thought the score of 86-85 was too close.

"But with an ending like that we're happy to give Paddy a rematch - we like Paddy, he's a good guy."

Jenkins insisted that other than the body shot that put him down he was not bothered by the punches coming his way but that did not seem to be the case at ringside as it was clear the Swansea man was very uncomfortable when put under pressure by Gallagher, who had risen to the occasion.

After a career of more lows than highs, Gallagher certainly deserves another shot at glory.

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