10 Apr GALLAGHER ‘BUZZING’ AFTER WBC WORLD INVITATIONAL ENTRY
Former Commonwealth king Paddy Gallagher will fight in the WBC World Invitational welterweight tournament.
‘Pat-Man’ (13-3-KO8) faces highly-skilled American Brad Solomon (29-1-KO9) in Louisville, Kentucky on April 27 in the quarter-final of the competition.
Gallagher said: “Solomon is my third opponent named in a week! I’ve read a few comments about him and people saying it’s his time but my coach has looked over him and says it’s a winnable fight.
“He’s ahead of me in the rankings and has a brilliant record. It’ll be a big scalp because I expect to win it. I can’t see me losing. I know everyone says that but I’ve been doing some top quality sparring.”
The tournament includes some impressive names with the likes of former Olympic champion Felix Diaz and Chris van Heerden entered – but Gallagher is confident of emerging victorious and ultimately earning a dream world title clash.
The Belfast man added: “There are some huge names in the tournament and Diaz and Van Heerden are definitely two of them. It looks like I’ve got a good draw and I plan on winning the whole thing.
“The ultimate dream is to propel myself up the rankings and fight Keith Thurman for a world title. He’s good but he’s not as good as he thinks he is. He can dig but I can hold a shot and can dig myself.
“I know calling out Thurman right now is unrealistic but if I win this competition then the sky’s the limit. I’m absolutely buzzing to start gaining momentum in the tournament.”
Gallagher won Commonwealth gold at the 2010 Delhi Games and is a two-time Celtic welterweight champion as a professional.
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