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Gallagher is keen to seize chance at a Commonwealth title glory night

 

Opportunity knocks: Paddy Gallagher is targeting delight
Opportunity knocks: Paddy Gallagher is targeting delight
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Paddy Gallagher has been handed a golden opportunity to win a major title when he challenges Chris Jenkins for the vacant Commonwealth welterweight belt on August 3 at Falls Park.

Belfast man Gallagher will clash with British welterweight champion Jenkins on the undercard to Michael Conlan, who meets Diego Ruiz in a featherweight 10-rounder.

Gallagher suffered a poor defeat earlier in the year at the hands of Freddy Kiwitt but bounced back with a stoppage victory over Liam Wells in the Ulster Hall last month, while Jenkins took the British belt from Johnny Garton in March.

Gallagher said: "Jenkins is a good fighter and he's coming off the back of a smashing win. I've met him once and he's crazy so I'm sure the press conference will entertain as well as the fight.

"The last fight did me so many favours - it was a good opponent, a good performance and a good win. It earned me this shot so that speaks volumes. The coverage of this fight will be unreal with both BT Sport and ESPN+ linking up."

Jenkins, who is looking to add the Commonwealth belt to the British title he won against Garton in March, is eagerly anticipating an entertaining clash with the Belfast man.

Jenkins said: "To be honest with you, it has come out of the blue, a bit like the fight against Johnny Garton did. Because I am always in reasonable shape and like to keep fit, I jumped at it.

"I know Gallagher is a Commonwealth gold medallist who beat Callum Smith and he has also beaten another Welshman I know in Tony Dixon. He is coming off a good little win against Liam Wells so I know he is a strong fighter and a good fighter."

Meanwhile, Tommy McCarthy will now have an eight-rounder in Rome tomorrow night after unbeaten Italian Fabio Turchi pulled out of their WBC international cruiserweight title fight due to injury.

McCarthy will now face another Italian, Francesco Catalado, in an eight-rounder, with promoter Eddie Hearn rescheduling the title fight for later in the year.

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