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Classy welterweight Paddy Gallagher is looking to move on to world level next year as he prepares to delight home fans in Belfast on Friday night.

‘Pat-Man’ has been in encouraging form of late – controversially denied victory over Brad Solomon in the U.S before stopping Jay Byrne for the Celtic title at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in October.

As he prepares to face tough Mexican Fernando Valencia at the same venue this weekend – live on iFL, Gallagher is keen to tee up a fruitful 2019.

Gallagher said: I’ve never made any secret over the fact I’d love to fight for British and Commonwealth titles but alongside that, I’d like to move on to fighting for a world ranking title.

“I don’t care what version it is – whether it’s WBC, WBA, IBO, IBF, WBO. I just want to be in big fights and start establishing myself on the world stage.

“With MTK Global, I’ve been with them a bit more than 18 months and this is my eighth fight. Most have been big fights and it’s been unbelievable. It shows you how busy I’ve been and I’ve fought in America and headlined a show for the Celtic title.

“I want the momentum to continue. Everyone says it’s time for me to fight for big titles now. Hopefully something comes soon. I’m ranked well and hopefully I can fight for an International or Intercontinental title soon to get my world ranking up there.”

Joining Gallagher vs. Valencia on a busy bill on Friday is Conrad Cummings vs. Ferenc Berki for the WBO European middleweight title, Gary Cully vs. Mohammed Kambuluta, Sean McComb vs. Zoltan Szabo and more.

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