Paddy Gallagher looking to emulate Martin Rogan and Eamonn O’Kane at York Hall

Paddy Gallagher
Paddy Gallagher

Paddy Gallagher will take to the ring at the York Hall on April 5 looking to become the latest fighter from these shores to get his hands on the Prizefighter title.

Gallagher will try to emulate Martin Rogan, Eamonn O’Kane and Willie Casey by claiming the trophy and the cash at the packed London venue.

The Belfast based welterweight knows that victory could propel his career to a new level.

“Victory would move me up the welter-weight ladder and it could springboard me to bigger and better challenges.

“Rogie, O’Kane and Casey all went onto fight for titles and I want to do the same.

“I wanted to get on Prizefighter and my trainer Gerard McManus contacted my manager John Rooney and we all pushed to get me on the show,” he added.

Gallagher is unbeaten after four professional fights and he knows he can’t afford to lose at the York Hall.

“This is a risk, but every fight is a risk. Even fighting a so called ‘journeyman is a risk, but this is what it is all about. You have to take a risk to move on in your career,” he added.

And Gallagher says former winner O’Kane has helped him in his preparation.

“I have been sparring with Eamonn and he has been giving me tips on what to do and how to do it.

“I have also looked at the other guys on the bill and I know a wee bit about some of them - but I am in this to win it, “ added Gallagher.