Exclusive: ‘I knew when his eyes opened something wasn’t right’ – Paddy Gallagher recounts Gary Murray encounter, talks future

Joe Hewlett 24/11/2017


Paddy Gallagher is set to fight for the first time since his traumatic experience of defeating Gary Murray.

Referee Terry O’Connor halted their contest in the tenth and final round before paramedics had to rush the Scot to hospital. The outcome left Murray placed in an induced coma after suffering bleeding to the brain.

However, the good news is Murray has since been released from hospital and informed WBN of his well-being last week.

Gallagher admitted he was left questioning his future in the sport as a result.

“It has been a weird one, it was one of those things which I never thought could happen to me or involve me. As soon as his eyes opened after the fight I just knew something wasn’t right. It was a hard few days, I wanted to go and visit him whilst in hospital, but the condition was so severe I couldn’t get in,” Gallagher exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I kept in touch with his fiancé and kept up to date on the progress during his time in a coma and was sending messages to his family with all my best wishes. I was thinking, f*** me what is boxing all about? I’m just glad he is beginning to recover and is getting better by the day.”

The Irishman will fight next month in his native and his targeting big showdowns for 2018 with the ambition of collecting more titles to his mantelpiece.

The ‘Pat Man’ added: “This fight next month is more of a fight to keep busy and obviously I have a greater chance of challenging for bigger and better things now I am with MTK Global. It’s the fourth fight they’ve got me in six months, it’s important to finish the year strongly before looking at a few titles next year.

“There was talk of fighting Frankie Gavin on the Ryan Burnett card as Eddie Hearn had mentioned it. We accepted the offer, but he never came back to us, but it could happen with time. I’d love to fight him, he’s fought for a world title and is the only man to beat Bradley Skeete.

“He may be past it if I’m being honest or he could have more to prove, it’d be great to have a victory of his name on my CV,” Gallagher concluded.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95