Paddy Gallagher was a picture of health as he successfully made weight for Friday night’s WBO European welterweight title clash with Freddy Kiwitt.
Belfast’s ‘Pat-Man’ bids for the title on a stacked MTK Global card at London’s iconic York Hall – broadcast live on iFL TV – and was comfortably inside the 140lb limit before a respectful face-off with his German opponent.
Gallagher said: “This camp has been good. I was already training and then got six weeks’ notice which is great – quick and dirty does me and I’ve been flying through things.
“All the lads are in fine form and I’ve been working with a new nutritionist Tony O’Neill which has definitely helped a lot.
“With regards to Kiwitt, as always, I watched a few short clips and know what he’s about but I’ve left all the watching and tactical decisions up to Gerard, then I’ll go and execute the gameplan.”
Other fighters to hit the scales included south London’s fast-rising light-heavyweight Dan Azeez and former world kickboxing champion Liam Wells of Essex.
Joining the trio on a packed bill at the home of British boxing are the likes of Siar Ozgul, Sultan Zaurbek, Nurtas Azhbenov, Donovan Mortlock, Jack Ewbank, Michael Elliott, Daniel Egbunike and more.
Josh Adewale has fired a warning at opponent Victor Edagha – urging him not to be negative and to come to win when the two men meet at York Hall on Friday.
Middleweight prospect Adewale (1-0) competes in his second professional contest when he competes on the MTK Global show live on iFL TV.
His first fight saw him defeat experienced Liam Griffiths on points, and the lessons Adewale learned in that fight has led to him sending a message to his next opponent.
Adewale said: “I hope he comes to win, as then I’ll be able to do a job on him properly. My last opponent didn’t come to win. He had only been stopped three times in nearly 100 fights but he was good at running and being negative.
“I didn’t feel like it was a boxing match, so hopefully my opponent on Friday tries a bit more. I know I need to take care of these guys as best as I can though, because there is no point trying to run before you can walk.
“I’m going to have a couple more four rounders and then I’d like to move on to six rounds. In the four round fights you get in the ring and by the time the first round is done it feels like the fight is nearly over. It was the same for the amateurs too.
“I want to hopefully get five fights under my belt this year and then next year I’ll be in a better position to push on for more and show everybody what I’m capable of.”
The main event of the York Hall show live on iFL TV sees Paddy Gallagher go up against Freddy Kiwitt for the vacant WBO European welterweight title.
There is also a packed undercard, featuring exciting stars like Dan Azeez, Liam Wells, Siar Ozgul, Jack Ewbank, Michael Elliott, Donovan Mortlock, Sultan Zaurbek and many more.
Michael Elliott believes the stars have aligned for him to make his long-awaited debut on Friday as he prepares to step into the ring at York Hall.
Elliott will face Lewis van Poetsch on a packed MTK Global show live on iFL TV, and he’s glad that he’s waited until now to turn professional, having initially planned to do so last year.
He said: “I was set to turn over last year which I was excited for. The novelty was there and I was determined to get in the ring, but it’s become clear I wouldn’t have been ready.
“I suffered an injury which was only minor, but it took me out of training so things got delayed. Everything happens for a reason, and I’m even hungrier now.
“The setback tested my will and my determination to be in the professional ranks and fight. It answered the questions I had in my head about whether I can do it, and right now I know I can. Mentally I’ve never been in a better place.
“I’ve been ready for a while now. I’ve overcome the injuries and been in relatively good shape for a few months. All of the hard work has been done so it’s time to step in the ring and perform. I can’t wait.”
The main event of the show at York Hall live on iFL TV sees Paddy Gallagher take on Freddy Kiwitt for the vacant WBO European welterweight title.
A number of talented stars are also in action on the undercard, including Dan Azeez, Siar Ozgul, Liam Wells, Jack Ewbank and many more.
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