By Daniel Mole – Derby’s Luke Gallear insists his Midlands Area Welterweight Title dream isn’t over despite losing to Stourbridge’s Steven Pearce on Friday.
The 28 year-old from Chaddesden (now 4-5-2) showed real heart but was stopped in the fifth round of an absorbing contest at Burton Town Hall.
The likeable scrapper described the Midlands Area belt as being his equivalent of a world title and, although devastated in defeat, he has vowed to fight again for the chance to be crowned Area Champion.
“I’m devastated,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “I was probably a bit too eager. I tried to outwork him and put him away but it didn’t quite come off. I’m devastated to be honest. I’ve had one thing on my mind all my life and that was the Midlands Area belt.
“To get that was my dream and, like I said before the fight, that was my world title. I thought one of us would be stopped but I thought it would be him. Credit to Pearce though, he’s a tough guy with a lot of power.”
Buoyed by an army of fans, who performed an excellent rendition of the Harlem Shake as he made his ringwalk, Gallear started like an express train.
He was tagged in the second round and took an eight count but, to his credit, he continued to push forward, absorbing an array of punishing shots. He fought back to edge the third but Pearce took control in the fourth and brought a halt to proceedings with a powerful combination of shots to put an end to Gallear’s title hopes in the fifth round.
Before the fight, Gallear dedicated his title tilt to his late father, Keith, who lost his battle against Leukaemia two years ago. As his former trainer and manager, Gallear was determined to become champion in his honour. It is that promise that, he believes, will continue to drive him forward.
“One day I’ll lift the belt,” he added. “Friday wasn’t my night so it’s back to the drawing board. I’ll come again though. I’ve wanted this all my life and, although I’m feeling low at the minute, I’ll work my way back up, for me……and my dad.”
Whatever happens, Keith would be proud of the man, and boxer, Gallear has become.