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Gallagher promises a masterclass

James Gallagher is back in action on Friday

James Gallagher is back in action on Friday

STRABANE’S James Gallagher has promised a masterclass when he takes to the cage in Friday’s hotly anticipated Bellator event in Dublin.
 
Hundreds of MMA fans from Tyrone are expected to make the journey for the televised Bellator 169 showcase in the 3Arena, where the ‘Strabanimal’ is the co-main event.
 
Undefeated after four professional fights, the 20-year-old Strabane man is tipped as one of the hottest prospects in mixed martial arts.
 
Gallagher’s Bellator debut at the O2 Arena in July proved a somewhat frustrating experience for the young Tyrone man.
Although he comfortably won on the judges card, he wants to lay down a marker this week and show the Irish fans his true potential.
 
“It’s going to be a masterclass. I’m going to TKO him in the first round.”
 
Speaking on Friday after finishing his latest gym session, the relaxed sounding Tyrone MMA star oozed confidence.
 
“My work is done, I’m just waiting to win. All my training is done, I’m just playing around keeping loose.”
 
Standing in Gallagher’s way on Friday is Californian Anthony ‘Pretty Boy’ Taylor (1-1), who in the media build-up was keen to lambast the youth and hype surrounding the Strabane man.
 
But utterly unfazed, Gallagher responded, “No one can stop me, never mind this guy, so I’m not focused on him at all.”

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