WATCH LIVE: Paddy Gallagher vs Freddy Kiwitt – MTK Boxing from York Hall
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.”
Belfast’s Paddy Gallagher will travel to the famous York Hall in London to take on Freddy Kiwitt for the WBO European title on February 22 – live on iFL TV.
‘Pat-Man’ (15-4-KO9) claimed the BUI Celtic welterweight back in October with a stoppage of Jay Byrne and looks to add to his collection against Germany’s Kiwitt (13-2-KO7), who has made the venue his home of late.
Gallagher said: “To headline for a title is the stuff of dreams. I was saying it’s going to happen and now here we are!
“I was very proud to win the Celtic title but this is another massive step up – both geographically in terms of the size of the area and as a career move. I’m thrilled.
“This is a massive, massive moment for me at this stage in my career. I’ve been to York Hall and fought at the venue before but let’s not go there!
“I’ve watched a few clips here and there of Kiwitt but I’ll leave all the analysis and the tactical decisions to my coach Gerard McManus. He’ll come up with the right game plan and I’ll go and execute it.
“This iFL live-stream MTK Global shows now have is a real winner. It’s free, it’s online and it’s top quality so it’s a platform that’s going to grow and grow. I can’t wait to kick off the year with a win and put myself further up the ladder.”
Joining Gallagher on a busy bill at the home of British boxing are Danny Dignum, Dan Azeez, Siar Ozgul, Liam Wells, Daniel Egbunike, Josh Adewale, Donovan Mortlock, Jack Ewbank, Michael Elliott and 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.”
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.”
Welterweight prospect Jack Ewbank is excited to display the new skills he’s learned in the gym when he returns to the ring on Friday.
Ewbank (1-0) takes part in his second professional contest when he faces Dylan Draper on an MTK Global show at York Hall, and he’s looking forward to showing his talents ahead of a busy year.
He said: “I’m naturally a counter puncher, but we’ve been working on coming forward more and we’ll see that against Dylan Draper on Friday.
“He’s a back-foot fighter from what I’ve seen and it looks like he’ll sit back defensively and will be slippery with his movement.
We’ve worked on getting him into the corner and making it look clinical. He likes to throw his shots from the ropes, so we’ll be looking at getting those shots away and moving forward.
“This is my first fight in 2019, and I’m hoping to have five fights this year to build towards a big 2020 where we can chase some things down.
“We’ll see how the year pans out and take each fight as it comes, but I’m looking forward to every single one.”
Rising star Danny Dignum hopes a win over Aryee Ayittey this week can propel him towards fights with the likes of Mark Heffron in the near future.
Dignum (9-0-KO5) takes on Ayittey on an MTK Global show live on iFL TV at York Hall on Friday.
Ayittey previously fought Heffron back in October, and Dignum hopes he can beat him in quicker fashion and send out a statement to his domestic rivals.
Dignum said: “Mark Heffron got him out of there in four rounds, and I’d like to get him out there early as well. If I don’t get him out earlier then doing the rounds will give me great experience.
“I believe it’s not long before I start taking on the likes of Mark Heffron or similar opponents like that. Don’t get me wrong, I rate Mark Heffron, but I also believe in my own ability.
“Ayittey got a very good record and I need fights like this for me to push towards titles. It’s a step up but it’s going to bring the best out of me.
“I don’t know much about him but I know he will be tough and strong, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Exciting prospect Josh Adewale is promising a special performance when he returns to the ring next week for his second professional fight.
Adewale (1-0) competes at York Hall against Casey Blair on Febraury 22, and he’s looking to build on the impressive win he picked up in his debut against Liam Griffiths in November.
He said: “Now that the debut is out of the way I feel that I can get down to business. On my debut I looked at it differently and was doing things I didn’t need to do, but for this one I want to take care of it properly.
“I had a week or two off after my debut but then I was straight back into training and I was working hard the way through Christmas. I prefer to be busy so I can’t wait to get back in the ring.
“It’s going to be good to fight at York Hall. I meant to fight there as an amateur but didn’t get the decision I should have got, so I missed out on that chance.
“Most of the fights I’ve watched have been there, so I’m really looking forward to it.
“It’s been a good transition from amateur to professional. As an amateur I did a lot of stuff on my own and didn’t have must of a routine, but now things are structured and everything is good.
“I get an extra push from everybody around me, and I can’t wait to display my skills next week.”
Jack Ewbank is hoping to overcome some demons when he returns to York Hall next week for his second professional fight.
Ewbank (1-0) takes on Dylan Draper at the iconic boxing venue on February 22, returning to the location where he lost in a National Final as an amateur. With that in mind, he’s hoping to right the wrongs from that occasion.
Ewbank said: “Last time I fought there I lost in a National Final, so it’s payback time. It’s been a dream of mine to go back there and undo what happened, so I’m ready to go and get the win.
“I’m buzzing to get out there and do the business. I’ve had a bit of a lay off since my last fight in September, and training has been going really well.
“I’ve had some good sparring which has brought be on loads. The build up has felt a lot more natural than my debut, as we’re into a routine now. We know what we’re doing and know how to peak right.
“I felt comfortable in my debut and stuck to my boxing and kept well on top of things. Everyone was over the moon who came and watched, and hopefully I’ll bring a big crowd again.”
Danny Dignum leads a stellar undercard as MTK Global heads to York Hall for their latest fight night event on Friday 22 February.
The hard-hitting middleweight (9-0, KO5) will look to extend his unbeaten record when he returns to action fresh off of his impressive third round stoppage win against Alistair Warren in December.
Light heavyweight talent Dan Azeez (6-0 KO3) is on the card too, as he competes for the first time since defeating former Commonwealth champion Charles Adamu in October.
Super lightweight Siar Ozgul (14-2) returns after going the distance with ex-world champion Viktor Postol in November, while welterweight prospect Liam Wells (3-0) fights for the fourth time.
Exciting prospect Danny Egbunike (3-0 KO2) will be searching for his third stoppage victory on the bill, plus Jack Ewbank (1-0) will try to make it two wins from two in the paid ranks.
Middleweight Donovan Mortlock (1-0) is in action, and there’s a debut for Michael Elliott as he takes his first step as a professional.
Billy Underwood (1-0), Josh Adewale (1-0), Josh Paine (1-0) and debutant Huzaifah Iqbal complete the list of fighters on the undercard.
MTK Global will stage its first fight night of 2019 at the home of British boxing, London’s York Hall, on February 22.
After a trio of hugely successful 2018 shows at the east London venue, MTK Global presents another card of potential classics featuring some of the hottest talent from the UK and abroad.
MTK Global President Bob Yalen said: “We are extremely excited to be kicking off what will be a huge 2019 for MTK Global with an event at one of the most recognised and historic boxing venues in the world.
“So many great fights and great nights have been staged at York Hall and we’re confident we’ll deliver another fantastic event for the fans.
“On this show, there’ll be some elite prospects – both domestic and international – plus step-up fights for some of our fastest-rising stars as well as title fights topping the card.
“It’s a great way to begin a busy run of fight nights and to provide fans with what they have come to expect and what we at MTK Global expect to deliver.”
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.
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