Exclusive: Joe Gallagher backs Scott Cardle to come again, claim Lonsdale Belt outright
Scott Cardle suffered another defeat in an attempt to reclaim the British lightweight title and moving forward, trainer Joe Gallagher has a back-up plan laid out for the Scot.
Cardle suffered a second round knockout loss to Lewis Ritson on the Whyte vs. Browne undercard, showing some success in the first round but ultimately losing a firefight.
Gallagher looked back at the fight with WBN and gave his analysis on what went wrong.
“He was involved in a two round thriller, there’s such a thing as seeing gaps in both fighters; Frank Buglioni and Lewis Ritson, they do have them and the more you watch them they become more evident,” Gallagher exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Lewis Ritson was a champion on form, coming in and I felt with the notice that we had for the fight, the best chance we had was to get Lewis Ritson before he got warmed into it and was to get him early.”
Gallagher saw Cardle’s opportunities and explained the difference between Cardle’s and Callum Johnson’s success against Frank Buglioni early on in their fight.
“They both presented themselves with opportunities they could capitalise on, they both took advantage of it and Scott Cardle did on Lewis Ritson in round one, he caught shots and stunned Lewis Ritson a few times,” he pointed out.
“I think the difference was that when Callum Johnson stunned he was quick to follow up the second hard shot that puts you on no man’s land.
“Scott Cardle landed a lovely shot and stunned him but just couldn’t land the second shot clean to put Lewis over. He stunned Lewis a few times with single shots but the second quick shots on the target never
came and Lewis weathered the storm, he got cut and its fair play to him, he came back, applied himself and it was an exciting fight.
“There was no shame in Scott Cardle losing that fight, he had success and he’ll dust himself down and he can come back again.”
Gallagher compared Cardle to Buglioni with their British title achievements, when saying: “Listen I think Scott Cardle is a bit like Frank Buglioni; two disappointed kids on the night because they both knew that if they were to win that night they would have kept the belt outright, so as much noise and talk was made about Frank, it was the same for Scott Cardle as well.
“If both would have won that fight and he would have won the Lonsdale belt outright so I’m sure both kids will go away, dust themselves off and try for it again.”
To win the British title outright is an incredible achievement, and when asked if aiming for another British title shot is the plan for Cardle, Gallagher responded: “Yeah I think it is, when you see the joy and happiness that it bring fighters when they win it, Lewis Ritson and Callum Johnson in the gym with his belt.
“It can get a bit complacent seeing the British title – when you get it and look at it; it is one of the best belts in world boxing to win.
“To try and win that belt outright; I think its a fantastic achievement and Scott Cardle is just one fight away. We’ll see what happens with Lewis Ritson if he defends in June against a mandatory, what he does if he vacates then Cardle will be in a position to fight for the vacant belt, that’s what we’ll be pushing for, so that’s where we go,” added Gallagher.
Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller