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Paddy Gallagher taking a shot in dark to edge closer to world title

By Steven Wellings

Belfast boxer Paddy Gallagher is ready to put on a show for the fans when he appears on the big Frampton-Gutierrez undercard this Saturday night in the SSE Arena.

Gallagher tackles Swiss-based Brazilian Ricardo Silva, who Gallagher considers to be a dangerman as scant footage is available on the southpaw visitor.

"I was talking to someone who knows him from the Swiss Army and it seems he's a decent boxer but not a big hitter. I couldn't find any footage of him either," admitted Gallagher.

"I'm ready anyway. I've just been ticking over with some shadow boxing and some track runs after finishing up with the sparring."

This bout is for the IBO Continental strap and victory could help propel 'Pat Man' into bigger fights. It's the first time the belt has been issued and Gallagher views it as a stepping stone to a possible crack at the IBO's South African welterweight world champion, Tsiko Mulovhedzi.

"You're right I'd travel to South Africa, I'd be over like a shot!" joked Gallagher. "Silva is another 50-50 fight for me and I always seem to get them. I got a good knockout win in my last fight so I'm going well."

That was a destructive third-round blitz of Craig Kelly on the Ryan Burnett-Lee Haskins undercard.

Gallagher's punch power was too much for the Scotsman who tasted the canvas multiple times.

This is all part of a rebuilding job after a close British title eliminator loss to Tamuka Mucha in which Gallagher performed commendably.

After leaving veteran Belfast coach John Breen and returning to former trainer Gerard McManus at Gleann, Gallagher seems to have received the boost he needed.

"People say they've seen improvements in my game and there's little things I've been working on. I'm loving being back with Gerard and the team. It'll all be about showing it on the night, that's where it matters," he said.

"When I came back (after the Mucha loss) I wanted two fights of six or eight rounds. I had a good win against Kelly and was thinking about another fight like that, but I couldn't pass up on this opportunity.

"If it was a four-rounder I would be way down the undercard fighting in front of an empty hall with no TV exposure."

As one of the more recognisable names on the card, Gallagher will surely enjoy some airtime on Spike TV and possibly a round or two on Channel 5 as well.

"I'm hoping to get on the TV. The three main fights are Frampton, Cummings and me so I'll hopefully get on. Maybe when Shane McGuigan's getting Carl ready there'll be a slot for me and a floating bout," he added.

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